NEW DELHI, July 17: For the convenience of smart card carrying
passengers, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to convert around 50 per
cent of the existing Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) Exit Gates to 'Card Only'
"At present, Delhi Metro has 1,073 AFC Exit Gates across all metro
stations of the network. Of these, 500 Exit Gates are being converted
exclusively for smart card users to be known as 'Card Only' AFC Exit Gates,"
the DMRC said in a release today.
"The move is aimed at facilitating smooth exit from the dedicated gates at
a faster pace. The remaining AFC Exit Gates will remain functional for both
Smart Card and token carrying passengers," it said.
The dedicated 'Card Only' exit gates will in turn allow token users exit
conveniently from remaining AFC (mixed - token plus card) Exit Gates.
"Token handling at times by relatively new passengers lead to some minor
errors and delay in exit but this new arrangement would pave the way for smooth
exit for both types of commuters - card as well as token users - thus avoiding
unnecessary delay in exit," it said.
At present, 300 AFC Gates have been converted into 'Card Only' exit gates at
Metro stations on all routes.
Rest of the stations will be covered by the end of this month, the release
said, adding adequate signages are being placed at the gates to inform the
commuters about it.
Delhi Metro has 213 km of operational network with 160 stations and it carries
around 26 lakh commuters everyday across Delhi and NCR per day. Of these,
around 18 lakh commuters use Metro Smart card every day.