Mumbai bus operator BEST is to begin a pilot of India’s ‘One Nation One Card’ national transit card system in November this year.
Announced in March 2019, the service is based on the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) — a bank-issued contactless debit/credit/prepaid card that runs on India’s domestic RuPay payments network.
The Prime Minister launched the NCMC while inaugurating the first phase of the Ahmedabad metro train service here few months ago.
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 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.
Passengers will be able to use their card to travel on metro, bus and suburban railways across the country as well as to pay for parking and tolls and for purchases in stores.
“The ticket fare will be deducted from an in-built wallet within the card, which will not be linked to one’s bank account,” BEST general manager Surendrakumar Bagde told The Hindu.