Good news for Delhi Metro Commuters.
People travelling by Delhi Metro can now recharge their smart cards at the entry gates itself through Automatic Fare Collection facility. This auto top-up of Metro smart cards facility will be available at 54 metro stations, which includes all stations of Line 5 (Inderlok-Mundka) and Line 6 (Central Secretariat – Badarpur), nine stations of Line 2 from Chattarpur to HUDA City Centre, five stations of Line 1 (Dilshad Garden, Shahdara, Welcome, Seelampur and Shastri Park), and eight stations of Line 3 and 4 (Karkarduma, Nirman Vihar, Lakshmi Nagar, Pragati Maidan, Barakhamba Road, RK Ashram Marg, Jhandewalan and Rajendra Place). The auto top facility through AFC gates was launched at the Barakhamba Road Metro station recently by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh and other senior officials by topping up their smart cards at the AFC Entry Gates.
DMRC has partnered with ICICI Bank for this Auto Top facility. For availing this facility, interested passengers will have to fill up a ‘Standing Instructions Form’ giving the mandate to deduct a particular amount from their credit/debit cards.
Initially, the form may be collected, filled up and submitted to the ICICI staff deployed at seven Metro stations, namely Sikanderpur, Huda City Centre, Badarpur, Nehru Place, Govindpuri, Lajpat Nagar and Kailash Colony from 10 AM to 5 PM on throughout the week.
Besides this, the interested passengers may leave their contact details at the Customer Care Centres of all 54 Metro stations and ICICI officials will directly contact them to process the Auto Top mechanism in their smart cards.
“DMRC hopes to extend this facility to all the stations of the network within the next six to eight months. All Metro stations of Phase 3 will also have this facility,” DMRC Corporate Communication Executive Director, Anuj Dayal said.
In May, 2013 DMRC started the online recharge facility of smart cards. Presently, about 70 per cent of the Metro commuters use smart cards.