Metro smart cards to stay valid for a year

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 17.08.11
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Metro Railway has decided to make smart cards issued from Friday valid for a year.

The move, the authorities hope, will make the smart cards more popular and decrease the pressure on ticket counters and flap gates, which had been causing snaking queues at stations.

So far, the smart cards were valid for a period of 30 days to 150 days, depending on the amount with which these were recharged.

Since the new radio frequency identification system was introduced on July 8, The Telegraph has been highlighting the need to increase the validity of smart cards.

Metro commuters who have already purchased smart cards needn’t worry. Their cards will be valid for a year from the next time they are recharged.

Till Tuesday, 1,58,000 of the new smart cards have been issued.

The move could also benefit infrequent commuters and those making one-way journeys on the Metro each day. It was these people, sources said, who were most hesitant in buying smart cards, preferring to queue up to buy tokens before each journey. The reason: they feared losing money once the validity of the smart cards expired.

“Our motto is to sell more smart cards, as that will solve all the problems we’ve been facing since introducing the new system,” said Protyush Ghosh, DGM (general), Metro Railway.

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