Commuters using the Delhi Noida Direct (DND) Flyway will soon have the option of paying toll through credit cards. The Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL), which manages the DND toll operations, is trying to make credit card payments possible soon.
According to NTBCL, the company is in talks with banks and hopes to place a system at the toll plazas for credit card use. The move is aimed to reduce waiting time for commuters who continue to use the cash payment option.
“We want to reduce the waiting time for commuters who pay with cash. This (credit card payment) option is for them so that they can just swap or touch their credit cards to the device, collect the receipt and move on,” said RK Bhargav, chairman, NTBCL.
He added that he has requested banks to make credit card payment possible at the earliest as the many commuters still using cash lead to long traffic jams at the two toll plazas at the flyway.
“Nearly 1.10 lakh commuters cross the two toll plazas daily and many continue to pay cash at counters. Our aim has always been to reduce this option and make tolls fully ‘no cash payment’. This will also bring transparency in the system,” said the chairman.
Bhargav said this in reply to a Noida resident’s allegations at a meeting on Monday that many commuters escape toll payment through cash counters operated manually.
On June 15, the NTBCL had placed radio frequency identification (RFID) at the toll plazas to provide hassle-free commuting on both sides of the flyway and dedicated two lanes for RFID users.
“With an aim to reduce waiting and encourage people to switch from cash to non-cash payment we started with Gold lanes years ago, followed by Silver lanes and RFID. Now we are planning for credit cards,” said Bhargav.