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One Nation One Card: PM launches mobility card that will work across India

The inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

Monday launched the indigenously-developed (NCMC) to enable people to pay multiple kinds of transport charges, including and toll tax, across the country.

Dubbed as 'One Card', the inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, and even withdraw

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, connecting Vastral to Apparel Park Area, Modi also took a ride on the metro.

"This card runs on card and it will eliminate all your travel related problems. Many a times, we do not have change to pay in cash while travelling in metro, bus or train, or for toll and parking. To overcome this issue, an automatic fare collection system was introduced," Modi said.

He said used to import this system from foreign countries.

"Since systems were made by different players, a card issued in one city did not work in another city. Thus, we asked various ministries, departments and even banks to resolve this issue," he said.

"Now, our dream of 'One Card' has been realised. People can also withdraw using this Common Mobility Card. This card can be used for travelling in metros in any part of the country. In simple terms, we have merged the card with the mobility card," said.

He said with the advent of this indigenously-developed and one-of-its-kind card, the country is no longer required to be dependent on

"Now, we have this 'Made in India' card. Only a select few countries have this technology of 'One Card'," Modi said.

Meanwhile, an official release said that NCMC cards are a on debit/credit/pre-paid card product platform.

A customer may use this single card for making payments across all segments including metro, bus, suburban railways, toll, parking, smart city and

"The stored value on card supports offline transaction across all travel needs with minimal financial risk to involved stake-holders. The service area feature of this card supports e.g. monthly passes, season tickets etc," it said.

The major challenge associated with the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFC) implementation in the country until now is the lack of indigenous solution provider, it stated.

"Till now, AFC systems deployed at various Metros are from foreign players. In order to avoid the vendor lock-in and create an inter-operable system, there was a need to develop indigenous standards and AFC system under Make in initiative," the release stated.

It further said that in order to ensure a seamless travel across metros and other transport systems, in addition to and purchases, the (MoHUA) came out with the NCMC program.

First Published: Mon, March 04 2019. 22:40 IST