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Taking metro? Use your bank card from next year

Taking metro? Use your bank card from next year

New Delhi:

Soon, your debit/credit card will double up as your Delhi Metro smart card. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is planning to implement an open loop-based system by early next year that will allow credit or debit cards of any bank to function as a travel smart card.

“Currently, a few metros like Noida Metro Rail Corporation, Kochi Metro and Nagpur Metro have similar facility but they are applicable only for cards issued by a particular bank. DMRC’s system, however, will be able to accept transactions from all banks through the RuPay card issued by them,” a DMRC spokesperson said.

The rail company is planning to implement Open Loop National Common Mobility Card-based RuPay cards issued by all banks. The new system will be first implemented in the high-speed Airport Express Line, which currently operates between New Delhi and Dwarka Sector 21and is going to be extended up to Dwarka Sector 25.

Currently, Delhi Metro uses ‘closed loop’ tokens and smart cards, while the Airport Express Line also has facility for QR-code based mobile tickets. DMRC plans to implement the new interface through a contractor, which will handle the open loop card and the existing DMRC smart card.

The process of changing from a closed loop system to an open loop will include retrofitting of the EMV reader on existing AFC gates. The next step will be the acceptance of open loop NCMC card-based RuPay card, having store value and trip pass, on the already installed gates having EMV readers, the spokesperson explained.

“The intention is to make the systems interoperable with other public transport fleet in the capital — DTC, DIMTS, Rapid Metro, etc,” he added. The work of implementing the new system on Airport Line is likely to be completed by December 2020.