Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), which runs Namma Metro, is going on full accelerator on peddling its Smart Cards.
To get more people to buy these cards, it has now cut down on ticket counters, using other counters to sell Smart Cards instead.
It restricts issuing tokens to a single counter despite having two or three counters.
Earlier, tokens issuing are at all counters, depending on the foot fall and there was no open marketing of smart cards at ticket counters.
In T Dasarahalli station, one could see long queues at the ticket counter as the staff refused to issue tokens at other counters except the one earmarked for it.
The BMRCL has also been offering a “15 per cent discount on each journey” through smart card purchase.
But a lot of Metro commuters need no convincing on the advantages of holding a Smart Card. Raje Gowda, who takes the Metro daily, says it makes his commute simpler as he can directly head to the platform without having to stand in long queues.
“Besides, we can recharge Smart Cards up to Rs 3,000 and the card will be valid for two years,” he stated.
A BMRCL officer said that the drive is to promote cashless transaction and hassle-free journey for commuters. Already, 60 per cent of the commuters use Metro cards for their daily travelling. Buying cards will help both commuters and the corporation, he added.
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