If everything goes well then soon, all you will need to board a Namma Metro train is your simply smartphone. Yes, BMRCL is working to introduce QR-based tickets which will allow users to buy tickets through a mobile app.
The App enables you to select origin, destination, and number of passengers. It also displays QR code, scanned or tapped at the QR enabled Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates at Metro stations. If this gets implemented then the commuters need not have to carry the plastic smart cards or will have to wait in long queue for single-return token and top-ups.
How It Works
- Login to the digital / wallet mobile ticketing facility and pay using QR-code option.
- Select origin and destination stations and input the number of passengers.
- Enter the amount (token value, smart card value) and confirm. Pay fare using Internet banking or credit card/ debit card.
- The app will generate QR code for the journey. It can be trapped at QR-based AFC gates at the stations. A user needs to tap QR code again at exit AFC gate.
- The facility will be available during Metro’s operational time.
MD Ajay Seth, Managing Director, BMRCL said, “We’ll upgrade the existing system in less than a year. This will aid passengers to purchase tickets easily through their smartphone, in no time. ”
He added, “It’s not financially feasible to change all the existing AFC gates. So, we’re working towards contemplating some software changes to make them QR-enabled.” Interestingly, Delhi Metro has already started but it is limited only to airport lines.
It is said that the stations under phase 2 project will have advanced AFC gates accepting QR codes. Soon, the tender will be finalized to upgrade the existing AFC gates and to also to make them QR-enable.
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