State keen on national common mobility card

The State govt. has expressed interest in implementing the National Common Mobility card (NCMC), an omnibus cashless travel card that can be used across different modes of transport, according to S.K. Lohia, officer on Speical Duty (Urban Transport), Union Ministry of Urban Development. The users have to just swipe the cards instead of purchasing tickets. They can also pay parking and toll charges. It is not a debit or credit card, but a cash card. The money can be loaded into the card in different denominations, said Mr. Lohia. The department is trying to ensure that the card is easily available like mobile recharge cards. As per the report submitted by E. Sreedharan, who headed the working Group on urban transport for the 12th Five Year Plan, the countrywide implementation is targeted in the early years of the 12th plan.

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