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Now top up your Metro card with swipe at the gate

It's time to say goodbye to the trouble of queuing up at a busy Metro station to get your smart card topped up. Subhendu Ray reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2013 01:03 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times

It's time to say goodbye to the trouble of queuing up at a busy Metro station to get your smart card topped up.

You neither have to take the pain of logging on to Delhi Metro website to get your card recharged nor go to any Metro station to recharge your card.

Starting October, all you would need to do is to place the smart card near the sensor of the automatic fare collection (AFC) gate and your card will be topped up automatically.

A software-based system will enable commuters to get their smart cards recharged automatically while the AFC gate will open and let you enter the paid area.

The amount would be debited from your account without having to send an SMS or log on to the net.

This is a system planned on the lines of ones already in use in the London Tube and Singapore Subway.

"In this, a commuter will need to fill up a form in advance, authorising the DMRC to automatically top up his smart card by a certain amount by accessing his bank account," said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Once a commuter fixes this amount, the recharge will happen automatically whenever the card value goes below the specified limit, said a senior signal and telecom engineer of DMRC.

In a bid to make Metro travel hassle-free, the DMRC has decided to install the system at all the AFC gates at busy and terminal Metro stations such as Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate and Central Secretariat among others.

Earlier this month, the DMRC had launched an online top-up facility for commuters using pre-paid metro smart cards, which, within two weeks has attracted many net-savvy urban commuters.

The DMRC would also offer netbanking facilities to smart card users within a couple of weeks, said officials.

Nearly 70% Metro commuters in Delhi use smart cards to pay for their travel. Ten million smart cards are currently in circulation.

First Published: Jun 08, 2013 23:08 IST