As the urban transport sector continues to combat the daily challenges during the global Coronavirus outbreak, Delhi Metro recently launched new smart card with auto-recharge feature. prioritising travel of key workers, as well as those with no alternative mode of transport, the new smart card will enable the commuters to recharge the card automatically at automatic fare collection gates at all Delhi metro stations.
The new move by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is in line with their commitment towards supporting the digital drive to promote cashless transactions among the Delhi Metro commuters.DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said, “This new feature empowers a commuter to get their smart card auto topped up which will help them to have seamless travel without worrying about top-up from time to time.”
How to Use Delhi Metro Smart Card
In order to be able to use the smart card, the traveller is required to register by downloading the ‘Autope’ app, available on Google Play store for Android users and Apple store for IPhone users. The user can also register at Autope’s mobile site autope.in. The next step involveslinkingyour e-wallet, bank or credit card to the smart card. The respective app will cut a nominal fee as convenience fee for each transaction.
Designed by developed by Anduril Technologies Private Limited in association with DMRC and NPCI, ‘Autope’ smart cards are supported by auto-debit facility for recurring payments launched recently by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). It enables the customers to set up UPI Mandate for their metro payments.
The new smart cards issued by Autope will also have an auto top-up feature that will automatically recharge the card with Rs. 200 at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) entry gate, in case the money in the card is less than Rs. 100. To recharge the card, Autope will automatically debit the value from the bank account linked with the card.
The Founders of Autope, Anurag Bajpai and Pankaj Gambhir, said, “The current Covid-19 situation has highlighted importance of contactless services and we remain committed to offer full scale and smart and hassle-free platform supported by innovative and scalable technology solutions to all our clients.”
In case you do not want to opt for the above option, you can also recharge your smart card through credit or debit card. You can also make a cash or online payment at https://www.dmrcsmartcard.com/, through e-wallets like Paytm, point of sale machine, and even through the ticket vending machines at the metro stations.