By the end of this year, Metro users wouldn’t have to fret about queuing up to recharge their Smart Cards.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is procuring Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates with new technologies that would enable commuters to recharge their Contact Less Smart Cards automatically at the gate itself. Not only would they save themselves from the hassle of queuing up at counters but would also be able to recharge their cards without cash. The cards would be recharged by deducting the amount automatically from their bank accounts.
When the balance of a smart card goes down to the pre- defined value or the minimum amount, the specific AFC gates will add pre-defined amount into the card through electronic clearance system (ECS) from the card holders bank account.
At present, tokens and smart cards can be purchased or recharged only by paying cash at the specified counters, machines or customer care centres at Metro stations.“It is expected that this facility will be made available to the commuters in another seven to eight months,” a DMRC spokesman said.
DMRC is also developing a technology through which commuters will be able to recharge their smart cards through various options such as net banking, credit cards or debit cards.