A DAY after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief Mangu Singh announced that 10 Metro stations would go “completely cashless” from January 1 and switch to Paytm, the DMRC Saturday clarified that “at least one cash counter will be functional” so that commuters without smartphones are not turned away.
“Ten stations…will go completely cashless…as part of the Government of India’s vision to transform India into a cashless economy,” read Friday’s DMRC statement. On Friday afternoon, Singh told reporters that “initially”, one cash counter at each station will be operational.
Following a backlash, Delhi Metro clarified that Paytm was finalised through an open tender process. Officials added that the DMRC is also in talks with other e-wallet companies. DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said, “Paytm is only one of the methods available in DMRC for facilitating such transactions. Ticket vending machines and point of sale machines are also available…”
“Process to rope in other such players (e-wallet) is underway. Very soon, other e-wallet agencies will facilitate cashless transactions at Metro stations,” he said. More info
Source: Express News Service