The Metro service will get smarter as Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will launch automatic ticket vending machines (TVMs) at Namma Metro stations along Reach 1 from Tuesday.
The Corporation, in a press release stated “to start with, the TVMs will be operational at MG Road, Indiranagar and Baiyyappanahalli stations and the facility will be extended to other stations gradually.”
Passengers can now buy a single journey ticket (token) themselves by selecting the destination station or the amount in the TVM, avoiding the queue at the ticket counter.
They can also add value or add trips to the tickets in the contactless smart card. The touchscreen facility at the TVM is available in three languages — Kannada, English and Hindi.
Apart from this, passengers can buy eight tickets at a time and can get the receipt print for card recharge.
Further, the machine accepts coins of Rs 5 and Rs 10 denominations and all types of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. It will display a message if there is no coin change available for dispensing.
However, the passengers are cautioned not to insert damaged or soiled notes and Rs 2 coin as the TVM considers it as Re 1, since the two coins are physically identical.
They are also warned against tampering with the machine or trying to operate the touchscreen with any metallic or hard object.