Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the indigenously-developed National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) to enable people to pay multiple kinds of transport charges, including metro services and toll tax, across the country.
Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’, 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.
Here is how the dream of ‘One Nation, One Card’ was fulfilled today, furthering ‘Ease of Living’ for several citizens. pic.twitter.com/Aw5AV3pQvQ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 4, 2019
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, connecting Vastral to Apparel Park Area, Modi also took a ride on the metro.
“This card runs on RuPay card and it will eliminate all your travel related problems. Many times, we do not have the change to pay in cash while traveling in the metro, bus or train, or for toll and parking. To overcome this issue, an automatic fare collection system was introduced,” Modi said.
“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 Nation One Card’ has been realized. People can also withdraw money using this Common Mobility Card.
This RuPay card can be used for traveling in metros in any part of the country. In simple terms, we have merged the RuPay card with the mobility card,” the prime minister 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 foreign technology.
“Now, we have this ‘Made in India’ card. Only a select few countries have this technology of ‘One Nation One Card’,” Modi said.
Meanwhile, an official release said that NCMC cards are bank-issued cards 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 retail shopping.
“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,” it said.