In a couple of weeks, smartcards of Chennai Metro Rail Restricted (CMRL) can be accessible in a couple of stores and eating places within the metropolis.
In an try to get extra individuals to start out utilizing the smartcard system, CMRL has deliberate to distribute the playing cards to a couple shops.
In line with officers of CMRL, that is an try to extend the variety of individuals travelling on the system.
“As a begin, we’ve recognized a number of eating places and stores which might be prepared to simply accept our playing cards. We wish to give about 2,000-2,500 playing cards initially and gauge the response. We can even give them a small fee for promoting the playing cards. We have now to see how this initiative works and if it seems to achieve success, we will attain out to extra shops in future,” an official stated. Aside from this, they’re additionally planning to ship out employees in stations to influence commuters to purchase smartcards. CMRL will get about 80,000 passengers on common and officers are taking a look at varied methods to see how the footfalls will be elevated to a minimum of 1 lakh.
Contemplating the rising variety of COVID-19 instances, sources stated it was going to be a troublesome goal to realize. They stated whereas this transfer could assist, the best factor can be for the State authorities to herald a single card system the place a commuter can use these playing cards in buses, malls and stores or eating places.
“Then, commuters will use these playing cards to pay in all places. This was the concept when smartcards had been mooted initially. Then, MTC bus stops ought to be shifted near stations in order that commuters can stroll from level to level with out problem,” an official stated.