Locals can use various transport modes using debit/credit cards.
Mumbai will likely become the first city in the country to implement the Centre’s One Nation One Card scheme, which will allow people to use various modes of transports using their regular debit or credit cards. In a meeting between representatives of various ministers held in the last week of April, it was agreed that the pilot project would be implemented in the city.
The One Nation One Card scheme is based on the National Common Mobility Card guidelines developed by the Ministry of Urban Development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced it while inaugurating the Ahmedabad Metro in March. Under the scheme, an internal wallet with a specific amount of money would be attached to the card. While taking a mode of transportation, payment could be made using the card. It could also be used for retail purchases.
In Mumbai various transport agencies such as the railways, Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) are working towards implementing an Integrated Transportation System (ITS). A senior official said: “In the first phase, major transport operators such as railways, metro and BEST will be included, while in the second phase it will also be extended for payment of toll at the nakas on highways.”
MMRDA has already floated tenders to implement the ITS on Public-Private Partnership projects, wherein a few banks would have the right to issue these travel cards and would finance the system. As for the One Nation One Card project, all bank would be able to take part in it.
A senior official from Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation said: “All upcoming construction projects are being planned to be ITS-complaint. Besides, we are in the process of sending a detailed plan on the mobility card to the railway board for its approval.”