The Hyderabad Metro Rail project developer --L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited (L&TMRHL) on Wednesday announced a 10% discount on smart card trips till March 2018.So far, the Metro rail operator had been offering a 5% discount. The revised discount rates will come into effect with the smart cards purchased from Thursday onwards.

The discount has been enhanced as many commuters are preferring to purchase tickets instead of smart cards. This has resulted in big queues at ticket counters, especially at Metro stations at Miyapur, Ameerpet and Nagole. Till Tuesday, only 1.5 lakh smart cards were sold in all stations.

Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) officials said nearly 10 lakh commuters have travelled in the Metro since it was inaugurated on November 28 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Metro was thrown open to the general public only on November 29.

Apart from discounts on smart cards, Paytm is offering a flat Rs.20 cashback on the first time recharge of Rs.100 or more per card for passengers who recharge their smart cards through Paytm,” L&TMRHL officials said.

“Smart cards can be purchased from ticketing offices at all the stations and can be recharged through T Savaari App, Paytm, HMR passenger website and by using the Add Value Machines located in the paid areas on the station concourse,” the L&TMRHL officials added.

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