How to obtain and use a Namma Metro eSmart card for Banglore announced by Karnataka State government

This article mentions the easiest ways to apply and obtain the revolutionary Banglore smart card. Read this article to know how to use this card, the conveniences this card will provide and advantages of this eMetro Smart Card announced by the Karnataka State Government

With the launch date of Metro card service nearing excitement among the Metro enthusiasts is rising, so here we give you in brief all the answers to your doubts regarding the use and possession of this Namma Metro smart card.

When will be the Metro smart card for Banglore be available?

Smart card
The good news is that the honorable CM of Karnataka, Mr. Sadananda Gowda has announced that the facility will be available before the start of this month and reports say that services should start from 25th September. On September 2 he became the first person to buy the Namma Smart card from Vidhana Soudha. Here he also did the inauguration of the travel card besides announcing the availability of a website where passengers can buy the card online. Besides these he also told that the card can be recharged at Airtel retail outlets which will also serve as helplines.

CM Gowda has expressed confidence that PM Manmohan Singh will arrive on 25th September for the inauguration of the service.
Metro rail
First phase of the Banglore Metro trip
The first phase officially referred to as Reach-1 is from MG Road to Byappanahalli. The authorities are highly hopeful for a glitch less ride for the passengers from the day 1.

How to get the Metro smart card?

BMRCL has provided the option to get the cards either from the any mobile retail shop of Airtel (not exclusively Airtel shop) or the other way of getting the eSmart card for Banglore is through State Bank of India. The smart card being offered by SBI can also be used as a debit card thus providing an in-house technology. These cards will be initially provided to all Banglore SBI customers and will be soon available at all Indian SBI branches. If you already are a SBI debit card holder then you can get an additional card for metro purpose or rather you can surrender your debit card and avail the combo card.

From where to recharge these eMetro Smart card of Banglore?

Mobile retail shops of Airtel will recharge these cards like any other prepaid mobile phone connection. Otherwise if you have a SBI smart card then these can be charged from ATM, mobile and internet banking apart from cash. There will also be counters at the metro stations for top up purposes.

For recharging your Metro smart card from an ATM do the following:
  1. Dip in the card
  2. Select services
  3. Enter the PIN
  4. Select 'BMRCL top up'
  5. Enter the 11-digit card number
  6. Select the top up amount and confirm

The minimum top up amount is Rs.100 and maximum is Rs.1000

How to use the eMetro Smart card?

The card has been designed to provide services based on two systems:
  1. Vanshik
  2. Sanchar

The Vanshik scheme of Metro Smart Card is the flexible service allowing you travel between any statios of the Metro service of Namma Bengaluru.
The second section of the Metro Smart Card system named Sanchar is a rigid system where the passenger has to select a fixed number of trips between two stations.

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