PM Modi to launch ‘One Nation One Card’ for all modes of travel today
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch “One Nation One Card” on Monday in Ahmedabad, which can be used for paying for travel on any mode of transportation.
Central government officials said roll-out of the card and a new feature in all credit and debit cards issued by banks will enable people to use them either in PoS machines deployed at ticket counters or just use them like Metro Rail smart cards to enter a platform.
“All new credit and debit cards issued by most banks have the National Common Mobility Card feature to make payments for their travel. This is like any other wallet,” said an official.
Delhi Metro has started a pilot run of indigenously designed automatic fare collection counters (AFCs) that can read these cards for seamless entry and exit at stations. Officials said while all new Metro rail networks would get these new AFCs, existing networks will gradually replace the operational ones.
They also said that India was one of the few countries with indigenous technology for AFCs and the mass rollout would reduce their prices significantly.
Till now, India was dependent on foreign technology players for this and they were charging high royalty, which was the reason for the products being expensive.