The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is looking to making your travel smooth. The DMRC is not only updating its fares but also planning on how to deduct it. In addition to that, to make the process of checking in Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) quicker and seamless, they've decided to adopt ‘open gate’ system. The AFC gates were a novelty when it was launched in 2002. This time around, the 'open gate' experiment is aims to increase the speed at which passengers enter and exit stations per minute by more than 65%How is ‘open gate’ system different from current AFC gates?
With the current AFC gates of Delhi Metro, there are flaps that open to allow passengers to enter or exit the system only when they 'touch' their smart cards or tokens on the reader of the gate.
"In the present system, it takes a certain amount of time for passengers to pass through the AFC gates, while the passengers behind them in queue have to wait for the flaps on the gate to open and close again for them to touch their smart card or token on the reader," a DMRC official told Times of India.
The new ‘open gate’ reform system, as the name suggests, will keep the gates open by default and will only close if trespassed by a passenger who tries to enter or exit the system without touching the smart card or token on the reader of the AFC gate.
How will this modification help?"In the open gate system, the flaps don't open and close continuously and remain open, which means that many more passengers can quickly pass through compared to the conventional system," DMRC official told TOI.
At present, 10 to 15 passengers can enter or exit per minute thorough AFC gates at metro stations. The DMRC believes the new system will help increase this number to 20 to 25.
The DMRC ‘open gate’ system will be an experiment only on select stations of Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Lal Quila, Kashmere Gate and Noida Sector-16. It will be implemented throughout the network given that the feedback returns positive. Delhites, however, are hoping this modification has no impact on fares.