Hurray, It’s Working!

When innovations work in a developing country like India, it feels like a great miracle indeed!

A few days ago, I read in the newspaper that the Delhi metro card can now be used to pay DTC bus fares too.

So, last week, with much trepidation, I gave my Metro card to the conductor for a Rs.5 ticket to go to Janakpuri West, which was just one stop away.

He said, “Let me try.”

As I had expected, his ticket vending didn’t work. He didn’t have any change either and I was just about to reach my stand. A frantic search in my purse, however, yielded a Rs.5 coin and I managed to drop off with a ticket in my hand.

A few days later, on 21 November 2018, however, I was luckier. Though the machine took some extra time and I had a Rs.5 coin ready, the bus conductor asked me to wait. He was determined to make the machine work. I was absolutely delighted when a ticket came out of it just in time. See the pic on top.

When I said, “Thank you, Bhaiya,” he responded with a triumphant smile and a thumbs up gesture!

The following day, however, I was in a different DTC bus on my way to the same stop. This time, the conductor said, “The machine is not updated yet for metro cards.”

Well, each day is different, isn’t it? Everything can’t be perfect.

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