Ahmedabad, Metro Rail News: On March 4, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a National Common Mobility Card ‘One Nation, One Card’ that can be used to make payments for public transport across the country, including bus, metro and rail services, and toll tax. it was launched while Modi inaugurated the first phase of Ahmedabad metro train service.
According to an official release by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) is the first of its kind in India. The Indigenous Automatic Fare Collection System based on One Nation One Card Model. India’s First Indigenously Developed Payment system for transport consisting of NCMC Card, SWEEKAR (SwachalitKiraya: Automatic Fare Collection System) and SWAGAT (Swachalit Gate) is based on NCMC Standards.
How to get ‘One Nation One Card’
“These are bank issued Debit/Credit/Prepaid cards and the customer may use this single card for payments across all segments including metro, bus, suburban railways, toll, parking, smart city and retail,” said the ministry.. The stored value on card supports offline transaction across all travel needs with minimal financial risk to involved stakeholders. The service area feature of this card supports operator specific applications e.g. monthly passes, season tickets etc.
The National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) to enable seamless travel by different metros and other transport systems across the country besides retail shopping and purchases is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.
“The card will address the challenges associated with the cash payment e.g. cash handling, revenue leakages, cash reconciliation etc. Various initiatives have been taken by transit operators to automate & digitize the fare collection using Automatic Fare Collection System (AFC)” Modi said
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The customers need not carry multiple cards for different usage. Further, the super quick contactless transactions will improve the seamless experience.This will also help in higher digital payments penetration, savings on closed loop card lifecycle management cost and reduced operating cost. The rich data insights may be used by operators for business intelligence leading to efficient operation.