Date of Post : 01 Aug, 2017
CHENNAI: Chennai Metro Rail is in the process of introducing contactless smart cards, where commuters can simply walk in through scanner gates with a tiny chip or a card with a chip & get their ticket price deducted.
The cards could eventually be used across all modes of transport.
Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) has invited tenders to design, manufacture & supply contactless smart cards.
- An official said,”It is like how your car has a small chip and you cross a toll booth. The money is automatically deducted. This contactless smart card system is being followed in metro rail facilities in other countries.”
- Already, CMRL has made use of smart card facilities mandatory in underground stretch between Nehru Park & Thirumangalam.
- Another official said,”The size of the card won’t be very small as there are chances of losing it. It will be in a size that passengers can safely keep. Also, the problem of swiping machines not working won’t exist anymore.”