Indian Railways has recently launched a new “Go India” smart card that can be used to pay for tickets in reserved and unreserved class, for long or short distance journeys. Initially, they will be usable only at special counters in a few stations: New Delhi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Dhanbad, Asansol, Howrah, Kota, Vadodara, Ratlam, Surat, Mumbai Central. The stations are all on the New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Howrah lines.You have to pay Rs70 to get the card, which includes a balance of Rs20, then you can recharge it for Rs20 or multiples of Rs50 up to a maximum of Rs5,000. The card has a lifetime validity.
At this point, it’s mainly useful for commuters or others who travel frequently between any of these stations. They may be planning to install vending machines. Presumably, service at these counters is faster than the others.