Chennai Metro allows free rides due to glitch in ticket vending machine

Chennai: Not wanting to lose out on its patrons, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd has decided to allow free rides for commuters today as its ticketing system has collapsed.

According to reports, there is a problem with the ticket vending machines. So, the authorities have decided to allow passengers to use Metro service for free.

This would apply to all stations of Chennai Metro, say the reports.

Metro had allowed free rides every time it completed a stretch. On all those occasions, the trains were packed as people rushed to make use of the free rides. It is not known if CMRL was able to convert this offer into new commuters.

It is generally felt that Metro tickets are priced high and that is the reason most people avoid riding in it.

Another reason stated for people giving Metro the skip is that the stations are not strategically located. But CMRL is trying to correct that by providing bus, auto, share auto and cab rides for last mile connectivity.

NT Bureau