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Delhi Metro: 34% rise in use of smart cards

Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 23:10

New Delhi: Delhi Metro registered an increase
of 34 percent in smart card users at 20 most crowded stations
during the `Smart Card` week observed last week.

On an average, around 27,000 new Smart Cards are sold at
these 20 Metro stations every week.

DMRC registered a sale of 36, 426 Smart Cards during Smart
Card Week at these stations, which is an increase of 9,426
from their weekly average.

"Amongst the stations where maximum Smart Cards were sold
during the week are: New Delhi: 4,217, followed by Anand Vihar
at 3,834, Chandni Chowk at 3,801 and Rajiv Chowk at 3,041,"
DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

DMRC operated Special CSC Counters at twenty Metro
stations with the highest number of footfall to encourage
commuters to use Smart Card.

Apart from these 20 Metro stations, other stations of DMRC
network also witnessed an increase of 21 per cent in sale of
Smart Cards. The average sale of Smart Cards is around 10,000
daily whereas, during the Smart Card Week it stood at over
12,100 daily.

After the success of Smart Card Week, DMRC intends to
intensify its efforts to promote Smart Card culture at all
such Metro stations where token users are more, Dayal said.

Presently, over 60 per cent of Metro passengers (over nine
lakh) are using smart Cards on a regular basis.


First Published: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 23:10

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