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DMRC defers plan to go ‘cashless’

A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) decision to tie up with Paytm for cashless transactions at 10 Metro stations, the DMRC has deferred the plan.

On Sunday, Mr. Kejriwal had said that he would seek an inquiry to know if the move to tie-up with Paytm had been a forced one.

‘Will re-examine issue’

“Over the counter cashless transactions have been deferred till we re-examine this issue,” a DMRC official said on Monday.

The official said that since a large amount of cash is transacted at Metro stations, an e-wallet might not be suitable for the system.

The DMRC, however, would be accepting payments through debit cards.

The DMRC had planned that 10 metro stations would go ‘cashless’ from January 1.

The stations where the measure was being rolled out included Rohini East and Rohini West on Red Line; MG Road Station on Yellow Line; Mayur Vihar Phase—I, Nirman Vihar, Tilak Nagar, Janakpuri West, and Noida Sector 15 on Blue Line; and Nehru Place and Kailash Colony on Violet Line.

When questions were raised regarding Paytm, the DMRC had on December 24 clarified that the contract was awarded to Paytm through an open tender process and more e-wallets would be roped in soon.

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