Jaipur: Inching towards its maiden commercial run, the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) on Wednesday released the smartcard for passengers.
The smartcard with Hawal Mahal as its watermark would be available for sale at all the nine metro stations from Mansarover to Chandpole and some of the selected e-mitra kendras in the city. This will enable consumers to avoid serpentine queues for travelling in a metro.
Nihal Chand Goyal, CMD, JMRC released the smartcard, combo card and also the wrapper for the Jaipur Metro and gave details on how it will work for the consumers. Goyal also purchased the first card after it was released on Wednesday.
“This is a pre-activated card which would be available for sale from Thursday onwards at every metro station. The price of the pre-activated smartcard is Rs 100 which would have Rs 50 as the security deposit and Rs 50 stored value. The passenger can also get it further recharged at the stations,” Goyal said.
He added that apart from the metro stations, JMRC has also plans to sell smartcards through other points. “We thought of providing these cards at the nearest point of the passenger thus we have collaborated with the e-mitra kendras,” he added.
Asked why only few selected e-mitra kendras out of 1,600 kendras, he said, “This is our first phase where nearly 10,000 smartcards are given. It depends on the response. We will make these cards available through almost every e-mitra Kendra at a later stage.”
JMRC has procured nearly 1 lakh cards for the maiden run of the Jaipur metro. “Apart from this 5,000 cards would be available for sale at the metro stations to start with,” said another senior officer. On the other hand, JMRC has also collaborated with the HDFC Bank to work on the idea of having a combo card which can double up as ATM-cum-debit card.
“We will start providing the combo card to our existing consumers from our branches from April 20 onwards,” said Neeraj Gupta, assistant VP, HDFC Bank.