CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): From August 1, Chennai Metro Rail travel cards can be used for parking fee payment. This will facilitate seamless transportation of metro passengers, said the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL).
The CMRL had introduced a provision of payment of parking fares through the stored value available in CMRL travel cards, which introduced at all metro stations on a trial basis this month.
From August 1, payment for parking charges at Chennai Metro stations shall be accepted only through CMRL travel Card.
Passengers or public who are using the CMRL parking spaces, who do not possess a CMRL travel card can buy and top up through customer care /ticketing counters available at CMRL Metro Stations for the usage of the parking payments at all Metro Stations, says a release from CMRL.
According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), trials have been carried out and the exercise has been deemed to be successful.
“There are some minor issues to be sorted out. Commuters can start using smart cards in parking lots very soon. At present, commuters can either buy a monthly pass or tokens. Instead of tokens, they can now swipe the cards. It will save them time,” an official said.
One of the biggest benefits of this will be that the parking space around Metro stations will be used only by those traveling by the rail network. The demand for parking space had gone up manifold at stations, with many who weren’t using the Metro parking their vehicles, sources said.
On average, 8,000 vehicles, including two-wheelers, are parked at stations across the 45-km network every day.
“At stations like Washermanpet and Mannady, we found that the parking lots were used by everyone. The regular commuters with monthly passes were agitated as they did not get space to park. Once the swipe system comes into effect, only those with the travel cards can enter and use the parking space,” another official said.
There have been a few recent incidents where parking staff has been assaulted by commuters, sources said, adding that such issues would also come down when the new plan became operational.