Chennai Metro Rail Restricted (CMRL) is planning to launch a nationwide mobility card (NCMC) in the next six months. CMRL has floated tenders to search for a financial institution for digital fare assortment and issuing the cardboard.
The mobility card will allow users to use different modes of public transport like MTC. A CMRL official said that banks will issue these mobility cards which then can be used by passengers at metro stations.
‘Search for partner bank is on’
The launch of this card comes at a time when commuters are looking for other options to skip the queues to purchase tickets from ticket counters in order to defend themselves from COVID-19 infection.
Passengers can use this card on-line or at stations and scanners at stations will detect, learn and deduct cash from it when the card is tapped.
“We’re on the lookout for a companion financial institution that can turn into the acquirer financial institution to allow fare assortment,” an official said.
Meanwhile, the CMRL has issued a set of guidelines for passengers ahead of starting operations on September 7.
Chennai Metro to resume services from September 7
As per the guidelines, train services will be operational from 8 am to 8 pm. The Blue Line which connects Airport Metro and Washermanpet Metro Station will begin from September 7 while the Green Line, which connects St Thomas Mount and Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Metro, will start from September 9.
To prevent overcrowding at the stations, CMRC has decided to run trains with a gap of five minutes during the peak hours and with a gap of 10 minutes during non-peak hours.
According to CMRL, seats and station platforms have already been marked X to show passengers where they can sit or stand while maintaining physical distancing.