Kochi: Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank in association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) has launched KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card, India’s first open loop EMV contactless metro card that would make travel a convenient and hassle free experience for commuters in Kochi. Axis Bank has partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in developing this transit EMV contactless specification on interoperable open standards.
The prepaid card has integrated benefits and offers services such as shopping experience at merchant outlets; Instant issuance of Personalized Cards, whereby the commuter will receive a completely personalized KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card across the counter in a matter of minutes; and convenience of recharge, which allows the commuter can easily top up the card through cash or debit or credit card.
Additionally, the bank has also launched a mobile app, which can be used by commuters to manage their card and also to get QR tickets on the go for travel in the metro. Commuters using the Kochi1 app can also check the current balance on the card, reload their metro card through any debit/credit card; generate mini statement, block their card, if required, and check the timetable and fare details of the metro.
According to Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO, Axis Bank said, “the KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card marks a significant milestone in our efforts to further expand the use of electronic payments which are more efficient, secure and inclusive. We feel privileged about our association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) and are hopeful that the product will provide commuters with a unique and seamless experience. Axis Bank has always been at the forefront of promoting a digitised economy and we are confident that the metro card will give commuters further encouragement as India makes rapid strides towards becoming a ‘less-cash’ economy.”
The smart card will be issued and loaded at KMRL issuance counters; the card can also be re-charged online, through the Kochi 1 app or through the ticket vending machines at the stations. The card will ensure exact debit of the ride fare while exiting from the metro station. Importantly, the initiative is in line with the Ministry of Urban Development’s vision to address the need of a common mobility card.
Elias George, MD, KMRL said, “the partnership between KMRL and Axis Bank is one of the most innovative public-private partnerships in the world and the Kochi-1 Card and App is much more than a travel instrument. We are confident that these products will be immensely popular; and this model will surely be emulated in other cities also.”