NEW DELHI: Passengers can now buy a metro token or recharge their smart cards at the token vending machines (TVMs) using plastic money.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh inaugurated the facility at the Lal Quila Metro station on Tuesday.
“With this facility, commuters will now be able to use the unattended point of sales (POS) terminals at TVMs by using PIN authentication through their debit/credit cards. Delhi Metro becomes the first-ever metro system in the country to introduce unattended POS terminals with debit/credit card facility,” said a metro spokesperson.
The facility will currently be available at all the six TVMs and two 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,” the spokesperson added.
These machines are covered with CCTV cameras to ensure safety of commuters. The TVMs/ RCTMs are touch-screen based machines that contain the digital map of the entire operational metro system.
“The new cashless facility is expected to provide commuters a more convenient and fast access to the Delhi metro network, besides helping in managing the problem of change/coins at stations,” said Mangu Singh, DMRC’s MD.
In the TVM, a commuter can select a 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 terminals at these TVMs.
A surcharge will be levied on every such transaction using debit/credit cards by the respective banks.