In order to reduce queues and commotion at Metro stations, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has introduced an automatic top-up facility for Metro smart cards. This will allow commuters to link their smart cards to a bank account and recharge the cards automatically.
“DMRC has partnered with ICICI Bank for the automatic top up facility through automatic fare collection (AFC) gates. This was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Barakhamba Road Metro station,” DMRC chief spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.
Explaining the facility, Metro officials said whenever a smart card has less than Rs 100 balance, Rs 200 would be added to it when the commuter passes through an AFC gate. This amount will be deducted from the commuters’ bank account. Metro officials said accounts from any bank can be linked to smart cards, but commuters will have to register their cards with ICICI bank and DMRC.
This can be done by submitting a “Standing Instructions Form” — available at Sikandarpur, Huda City Centre, Badarpur, Nehru Place, Govindpuri, Lajpat Nagar and Kailash Colony Metro stations — staff from ICICI Bank between 10 am and 5 pm on all days.
Applications will be approved in a week, and smart cards will then have to be activated at any one of 41 Metro stations, officials said.
“Once this procedure is completed, then passengers don’t need to worry about low balance in their smart cards and don’t have to stand in queues in stations,” Dayal said.
“DMRC hopes to extend this facility to all the stations of the network within the next six to eight months. All Phase III Metro stations will have this facility,” he said.