Delhi Metro is considered to be the life-line of the city. The Delhi Metro was also affected due to the pandemic. However, the authorities resorted to phase-opening of the Delhi Metro. But maintaining social distance while travelling was also mandatory. In order to regulate social distancing norms, the authorities decided to stop the sale of tokens on the Delhi Metro. It meant commuters need to have a smart card for travelling in the Delhi Metro.
State Bank of India, understanding the need of the hour, integrated with DMRC to launch a multi-purpose card that could be used as a credit card as well as a smart card. The SBI authorities also declared that this combo credit card ‘Delhi Metro SBI Card’ is designed for regular commuters on the Delhi Metro. This will result in the ease of travelling in the Delhi Metro.
Commuters will be able to apply for the combo card from the 100 selected stations put up as kiosks. Moreover, the commuters can also apply for the smart card cum credit card through e-apply platform on the SBI Card website. The multi-purpose smart card will be carrying an annual charge of Rs. 499.
The multi-purpose smart card is intended to offer many benefits such as a 2,000 bonus reward for all the new customers, Rs 50 cashback on first top-up, 10 per cent discount on the metro travel as provided by the regular smart cards. Further, the combo card also provides a facility of auto top-up for Rs.200 in case, the balance reaches below the threshold of Rs.100.
“We believe that this Delhi Metro SBI card can serve as an essential instrument in facilitating safe Metro commute in these pandemic times. With this card, we bring to market an unparalleled value proposition.” explained the CEO of SBI Card Ashwini Kumar Tewari.
The card will help in maintaining the huge crowd at the metro stations. Plus, it will help the commuters in maintaining social distancing. The auto-top up feature will reduce the long queues on the customer care booths. Hence, this integration of SBI with the DMRC is going to bring many improvements in the current system of the Delhi Metro.