DMRC launches new smart card for contactless travel amid Covid-19 times, Check out the details here

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to launch updated smart travel cards.

This initiative will promote cashless transactions and ensure contactless travel, especially during the COVID-19, pandemic.

DMRC has decided to switch to new smart cards with an automatic top-up facility.  The cards will be available to commuters once the Metro gets a go-ahead to resume its services.

According to senior Metro, officials, the new smart cards will come with an auto top-up facility that will automatically recharge the card with Rs 200 at the Automatic Fare Collection entry gate if the balance is below Rs 100 and Autope will automatically debit the value from the customer’s linked card/bank account.

For this facility, the DMRC has tied up with Autope, a mobile website specially developed for the auto top-up facility.

To avail of the facilities, Metro passengers will have to download the Autope mobile application. They will have to register and link their bank/ UPI account with the smart card.

A DMRC official said that Anduril Technologies, the company behind the app will be charging a maximum of 1 percent as a convenience fee from the customer for each transaction.

Apart from the auto top-up facility, Autope is also offering customers a 5 percent additional discount on each top-up and the cards can also get delivered right to their homes.