TNRDC have introduced new smart card based monthly trip pass on Rajiv Gandhi Salai (OMR). You can purchase and do online recharge of the card. This monthly trip pass is only for cars and will be implemented w.e.f 01.12.2011. If you are planning to register before 30th November 2011 then you do not have to pay Rs.200 as one time administrative charge.
You can register to get your smart card by signing up here. After submitting the details, you should see the confirmation message that the “Registration was successful and check your E-mail to activate the account.”
Then click the link in your email to activate your account and using the login credentials login to ITEL website with the required user credentials. Then navigate to Personalization -> Vehicle Maintenance -> Add New Vehicle option. Now enter your Car registration details and select the Card Type as “Trip Based Card“. Click Submit to confirm and save your changes.
Now you will be asked to select the Payment Gateway and pay the required amount. There was an error reported after selecting HDFC Bank net banking account but ICICI net banking worked fine. A confirmation message will be displayed after successful payment with transaction number. Though the payed amount was Rs.815, the web page was displaying the amount as Rs.8.15 (error?).
The amount saved by purchasing a monthly trip pass is not much but definitely you can avoid the wait time and cash transaction.