Delhi Metro passengers may soon be able to get personalised smart cards that can be blocked, like credit cards, if misplaced.
Thanks to a suggestion from Delhi University, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said it is working on the idea of personalised smart cards. The university’s Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC), which works with disabled students, had written to the DMRC in September this year, asking them to provide the university with 1,300 personalised smart cards that could be blocked if misplaced to distribute among the disabled students.
The EOC had also suggested that there be a system for online recharging of the cards given to the disabled students. Though in its letter to the university the DMRC has said it is working on a recharge facility through net banking along with personalised smart cards, none of these facilities will be available for the disabled students this year.
“We are taking the suggestions made DU positively and are working on personalising the smart cards. For this, people need to provide us with an identity proof at the time of buying a smart card. This is a big change but we are hopeful that we will be able to introduce this system by next year,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.
The EOC, however, is not happy with time being sought by the DMRC to implement the service. “I would have appreciated if they would have made an exception for the disabled students. They could issued cards in the name of university,” said Bipin Tewari, OSD, EOC.