Perhaps for the first time in India, return journey tokens will be introduced in Metro. From Tuesday, Mumbai Metro will start issuing contact-less smart tokens for return journeys. So far, people have had to stand in queue twice to purchase tokens for to and fro journeys.
On weekends in the last one month, Mumbai Metro was issuing paper tickets as return journey tickets, but now, it will be tokens.
At the moment, it has not yet been finalised if these tokens are here to stay. But, as per the current arrangement, they will be made available till the end of this month.
In February, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had brainstormed whether it would be possible to provide return journey tokens to passengers for travel in Mumbai Monorail between Chembur and Wadala depot, but it did not come up with any solution.
Moreover, owning a smart card will be beneficial for passengers as Mumbai Metro will be offering a discount of Rs5 per trip if a smart card is used. Without a smart card, a commuter will have to pay Rs20 to travel between Versova and Ghatkopar. Presently, about 45% Metro users use smart cards.
On weekends, children up to four-foot-tall have been getting free ride. On Monday, it was announced that in July, a flat weekend fare of Rs5 will be levied on children up to the age of 12, apart from free travel for kids less than three feet in height.