Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has recently announced to offer NFC-enabled (Near Field Communication) mobile payment to access its services. The idea is to help travelers in order to avoid the hassle of standing in the long queues and to improve the efficiency and speed of the metro service. However, its m-ticket service will only be available when its entire stretch of 45Kms will be completed in 2015. Apart from this technology, the regular ticketing system of Token and Smart Card will also exist to travel in metro.
The passengers who will be using their smartphones as a means of ticket, would have to flash their mobiles at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates, where a sensory machine will recognize the amount to be deducted as per the trip.
In order to top-up the travelling allowance, State Bank of India will set up their counters at every metro station for easy accessibility; and the passenger will be able to recharge their metro-account just like a prepaid mobile phone gets recharged.
Chennai metro with this introduction of new technology, has provided a good enough reason to believe that India is moving head to head with other nations in technology adoption. Its metro service is the ongoing rapid transit system in the city of Chennai, which is located in the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The Construction started in June 2009 is proposed to be completed in 2015 and the entire project is estimated to cost around Rs14600 Crore.