New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today launched the cashless token sale/smart card recharge facility by using Credit/Debit Cards at the Token Vending Machines (TVMs) installed at the metro stations of the DMRC network. This facility was inaugurated by DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh, at the Lal Quila Metro station of Line-6 in the presence of senior DMRC officials. With this facility, the commuters will now be able to use the unattended Point of Sales (POS) terminals at the TVMs by using PIN authentication through their debit/credit cards. Delhi Metro also becomes the first-ever metro system in the country to introduce unattended POS terminals with Debit/Credit card facility.
The facility will currently be available at all the 6 TVMs and 2 RCTMs (Recharge Card Terminals) at the Lal Quila Metro Station only. Subsequently, the facility will be rolled out at 36 TVMs/RCTMs of the ITO-Kashmere Gate Section of Line-6, popularly known as Heritage Corridor. By the end of this year, approximately 400 TVMs/RCTMs installed (with unattended POS option for Debit/Credit Cards) at all the stations of the entire DMRC network will be enabled with this facility. By next year, another 500 TVMs/RCTMs with this facility will be added at different stations including Phase-3, of the Delhi Metro Network.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC said, ‘The new cashless facility is expected to provide the commuters a more convenient and fast access to the Delhi Metro network besides helping in managing the problem of change/coins at the stations.’’
These state-of-the-art TVMs are also equipped with CCTV cameras to ensure safety of the commuters at the unattended POS terminals. The TVMs/RCTMs are touch-screen based machines that contain the digital map of the entire operational Metro system. The commuters can select their destination station by touching the desired station on the digital touch screen, after which the machine will show the fare of the journey and ask for the number of tokens required. The total fare will then be calculated and displayed on the screen. The commuters can then avail the Debit/Credit Card facility at the Point of Sales (POS) Terminals at these TVMs. The same procedure can be followed for the smart card top-up (recharge) facility. A nominal surcharge will be levied on every such transaction using debit/credit cards by the respective bank.
DMRC in the recent past has already launched couple of other measures to facilitate easy top up of smart cards/sale of tokens to avoid queues and save time at stations. This includes option of Smart Card Top up using Cash/Credit/Debit card at Counter, Credit/Debit/Net banking using this link and the top up facility of smart cards through ICICI Bank’s Business Correspondent Networks (Outlets) located across Delhi-NCR.