Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is collaborating with corporate firms to facilitate bulk pass issuance for employees.
In a recent panel discussion titled ‘Bengaluru: ready for a transformational mobility shift?’ hosted by the NGO Bangalore Political Action Committee on September 29, Kalpana Kataria, Executive Director overseeing last-mile connectivity and asset management at Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), announced a strategic partnership between BMRCL and corporate entities. The collaboration aims to simplify the acquisition of bulk Metro passes for employees, offering an efficient solution for daily office commutes.
Kataria highlighted the development of a dedicated platform designed to empower corporates to purchase bulk Metro tickets for their workforce, thereby facilitating seamless daily travel via the Metro system. As the entire Whitefield – Challaghatta corridor (Purple Line) becomes fully operational, BMRCL anticipates a significant surge in daily ridership, increasing from 6.3 lakh to an impressive 10 lakh passengers.
Already demonstrating the effectiveness of this initiative, Applied Materials, located in the International Technology Park Bangalore (ITPB) in Whitefield, has procured 500 Metro smart cards for its employees. Corporate firms and technology parks now have the opportunity to directly purchase bulk smart travel cards from BMRCL. These cards come with corporate access, granting companies the ability to recharge them, manage travel patterns, and transfer cards to new employees as needed.
BMRCL officials emphasized the cost-effectiveness of Metro travel, with the fare for the longest 70 km ride priced at just Rs 57, positioning it as the most economical and efficient commuting option. This collaborative venture is anticipated to reduce office cab expenses for companies while simultaneously fostering an upsurge in Metro ridership, offering employees a congestion-free journey to work.
The official spokesperson for BMRCL also revealed that an increasing number of tech parks and companies located in Whitefield and Outer Ring Road are expressing keen interest in procuring bulk passes. Currently, two types of cards are available: closed-loop cards and NCMC (National Common Mobility Card). For NCMC cards, a KYC (Know Your Customer) process is required, which will be facilitated by the bank (RBL). For closed-loop cards, the entire process can be completed conveniently through the BMRCL website. In the upcoming phase, dedicated passes will bear co-branding featuring the BMRCL’s name/logo alongside the respective company or tech park, further enhancing corporate identity and connectivity.