According to a report published in Hindi national daily Hindustan, DMRC is going to start the trial of collecting the fare directly from the debit and credit card of the user. This will save the time of the passengers as they will not be required to recharge the smart card frequently and also promote contactless fare collection system. The trial will start in December this year at the Airport Express line of Delhi Metro.
Once this is implemented frequent travellers of Delhi Metro will not require to recharge thier smart recharge card at the ticket counter.The debit and credit card will act as smart card and the money will automatically get deducted as the passengers touches their card at the Automatic Fare Collection(AFC) gate for exiting the metro station.
All the cards that are Rupay, Visa and Mastercard compliant will act as an smart card and it can be of any bank. DMRC has started to upgrade around 600 AFC gates for this purpose.
In an another development, DMRC has decided that, passengers can now pay their fine with the smart card from now on. At present users have to pay the fine in cash.
Delhi Metro operations have been closed for the public since March 22 in view of the covid-19 pandemic and measures taken to curb the spread of the disease.
This closure of services in the past few months has led to a loss in revenue for the urban transporter worth around ₹1,300 crore.