Hyderabad: Commuters need not stand in queues to purchase tickets or recharge e-cards for travelling on Hyderabad Metro, which has now introduced QR code ticketing through an app developed by L&T.

Passengers can download the Hyderabad Metro app from the Playstore and book tickets by scanning the QR code on the Automatic Fare Collection machines at the entry and exit points of stations.

Over 60 percent of Hyderabad Metro commuters use smart cards. After downloading the application, users need to provide their mobile number and mail ID to complete the registration. The commuters can pay using any e-wallet such as Paytm, Google Pay, PhonePay, Mobikwik, Bhim, Amazon and Jio Money. “Passengers need not stand in queues to buy tickets and preserve the tokens until they come out of the metro station. For recharging smart cards, also passengers are waiting in the queues for their turn. With the new App coming in place, commuters can come out all such inconveniences. The App works on Android and iOS platforms,” said a Metro official.

After login, passengers need to enter their boarding station and destination. One passenger can also use the QR code for any number of commuters. They will be shown the amount chargeable. After the payment, a ticket with QR code appears on screen and passengers will also get a message as well. At the destination station, passengers have to again scan with QR, and the applicable ticket charge amount will be deducted from the e-wallet.

After New Delhi, the Hyderabad Metro is the second city in India to implement such a QR-based payment.

On November 29, Hyderabad Metro commenced Raidurg station on Nagole-Hitech City route. The Metro carries over 4 lakh passengers a day. Raidurg station is 1.5km after the Hitech City station. The new route has increased the daily footfall by 40,000, the official said.

Sreenivasa Rao Dasari

Dasari Sreenivasa Rao is a freelance journalist with 26 years of mainstream media experience in Hyderabad and Dubai. He was Business Editor at The Pioneer and Spl Correspondent at Deccan Chronicle and The Hans India. Earlier, he worked for prestigious media brands including ToI, Indian Express (Bombay) and SPG Media and Business Standard in Hyderabad. NSE-qualified Dasari specializes in derivatives trading. He was visiting faculty at IGNOU and handled two batches of journalism students. Dasari is passionate about business journalism and always suggests all to practice rigorous meditation that ensures peace of mind and helps in moving up the value chain.

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