Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Monday the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) developed in an auto way to allow people to pay for multiple types of transport charges, including metro services and tax toll, throughout the country.
Dubbed “One Nation One Card,” the interoperable transportation card would allow cardholders to pay for their bus trips, toll taxes, parking charges, retail purchases, and even withdraw money.
The Prime Minister launched the NCMC while inaugurating the first phase of the Ahmedabad metro train service here. After inaugurating the 6.5 km stretch of phase one of the Ahmedabad metro, which connects Vastral with the Apparel Park area, Modi also took a ride on the subway.
“This card runs on the RuPay card and will eliminate all the problems related to your trip.Many times, we do not have changes in cash payment while traveling by subway, bus or train, or by toll and parking.To solve this problem, an automatic fee collection system was introduced, “Modi said.
He said that India used to import this system from foreign countries.
“Since the systems were created by different players, a card issued in one city did not work in another city, so we asked several ministries, departments and even banks to solve this problem,” he said.
“Now, our dream of ‘One Nation One Card’ has come true, and people can also withdraw money using this common mobility card.
This RuPay card can be used to travel in meters anywhere in the country. In simple terms, we have merged the RuPay card with the mobility card, “said the prime minister.
He said that with the advent of this card developed in an indigenous manner and unique in its kind, the country is no longer required to depend on foreign technology.
“Now, we have this ‘Made in India’ card, only a few selected countries have this ‘One Nation One Card’ technology,” Modi said.
Meanwhile, an official statement said that NCMC cards are cards issued by a bank on the debit / credit / prepaid card product platform.
A customer can use this unique card to make payments in all segments, including subways, buses, suburban railways, tolls, parking lots, shopping in smart cities and retail stores.
“The value stored on the card supports offline transactions for all travel needs with minimal financial risk for the stakeholders involved.The function of the service area of this card supports operator-specific applications, for example, monthly passes, Season tickets, etc., “he said.
The main challenge associated with the implementation of the automatic tariff collection system (AFC) in the country so far is the lack of an indigenous solution provider, he said.
“Until now, the AFC systems deployed in several Metros are from foreign actors.” To avoid blocking the provider and create an interoperable system, it was necessary to develop indigenous standards and the AFC system under the “Make in India” initiative.
He also said that to guarantee a smooth trip through metropolitan areas and other transport systems, in addition to retail and purchases, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) presented the NCMC program.