Amid a cash crunch caused by the sudden decommissioning of the Rs 500 and Rs1,000 denomination currency notes, commuters can now travel completely cashless on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro, using either smart cards or mobile wallets.
The Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which operates the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro, has tied up with e-commerce company PayTM to enable commuters to buy single and return-journey tokens without tendering cash.
“All that commuters now need to do is to install and recharge the PayTm app on their mobile, switch it on and scan the QR code displayed prominently, at a designated window at each station. It will identify the payee as Mumbai Metro. Commuters can then pay the right amount,” an MMOPL spokesperson said.
A unique transaction id will be generated on the commuter’s mobile app, while the mobile phone with the ticketing officer at the window will simultaneously receive a text message with the same transaction id number, he said. “The process takes barely a few seconds making it a real-time cashless transaction,” he added.
The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro already has value-based smart cards, which a majority of the regular commuters use, enabling cashless travel. Until now commuters only had to shell out cash for the single and return-journey tokens purchased over the counter.