What if just one card gives you a facility to travel through several modes of transports like buses, metros, trains, toll payment and local trains. This can soon be a reality as NITI Ayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant has announced that government will soon unveil a one-nation-one-card policy for public transport, which will give Indians a seamless connectivity among various modes of transport.
The government is planning to introduce a card on the lines of similar facilities in cities like London and Singapore where a single card can be used for taking different modes of transport.
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Highlighting the importance of transportation in the development of a country, Amitabh Kant said that a densely-populated developing country like India needs a robust transportation sector and the focus of government’s mobility strategy is on sustainable modes of
public transport, transport-oriented planning and digitisation.
“The objective of the strategy is to plan for the citizens first, rather than focusing on vehicles alone, by providing sustainable mobility and accessibility by switching to a cleaner mode of transportation,” Kant said at the “Future Mobility Summit-2018-India’s Move to NextGen Transport Systems”.
On the lines of London’s “Oyster card“
London’s Oyster card provides seamless connectivity for payments while travelling in public transport like London Underground, London buses, London Overground etc.
Delhi is already running a pilot project for a common travel card for travelling via metros and public transport buses. The project was launched on January 9 this year.
Contest to name ‘One Nation One Card‘
Government recently opened a contest on ww.mygov.in to find a suitable name for the “one nation, one card”. Government had invited citizens to come up with innovative names for the new government scheme. It mentioned, “National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) may be used for all payment applications (low value – offline/high value – online) including transit, retail, toll, parking and smart cities. The idea is to promote “One Nation One Card” for empowering all citizens to use a single card for all kind of payments.” The Contest was opened till August 27 and had a cash prize of Rs 10,000 for the best entry.