Arvind Kejriwal Questions Metro-Paytm ‘Deal’, Delhi Metro Cashless Move Halted

Delhi metro’s move to allow cashless transactions at 10 stations through Paytm, has come to an abrupt halt after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sought an inquiry of allowing only one e-wallet company by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC).

“It’s being done forcefully, maybe as directed by the PMO. I will speak to the Metro (authorities) and ask for the files. How can be they force a decision like this? They are promoting Paytm through this. I will seek an inquiry and look into the files,” said Kejriwal.

On its part, DMRC said that Paytm won this contract through an open tender, but added that the counter cashless transactions have been deferred till the issue is re-examined.

The stations that were chosen for this purpose are Rohini East and Rohini West on Red Line; MG Road Station on Yellow Line; Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Nirman Vihar, Tilak Nagar, Janakpuri West, and Noida Sector-15 on Blue Line; and Nehru Place and Kailash Colony on Violet Line.

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