The Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath today launched a National Common Mobility Card, NCMC with a view to modernize urban transport system across the country.Speaking at a function in New Delhi, the Minister said, the facility will help users to make payments for Railways, Metro rail, buses, taxi, toll taxes and parking.
The card will work as a cashless means of travel and will enable a commuter to travel seamlessly through any mode of transport without having to carry separate cards for different modes of transport.
When a commuter buys a NCMC card from an authorised vendor he may use it like London’s Oyster Cards and travel from place to place without actually buying separate tickets for each journey. The applicable fare for the journey will be deducted by ticket collectors using computerised machines.
Mr. Nath said that this card has been introduced to promote public transport in the country. He said, Jaipur will be the first city where this card will be introduced next year.
He said, the card will be integrated in phased manner and once the modalities are worked out, the integration will be increased with various transport agencies.
Mr. Nath also said that government is encouraging public transport system across the country to reduce traffic congestion on roads.
Appreciating the role of Delhi Metro in providing safe and eco-friendly transport system in the national capital, the Minister said that government has approved the third phase of Metro project to be completed by March, 2016. He said that under this phase, additional 103 kilometers network will be added in the existing network.
Mr. Nath said that Urban Development Ministry is also working on preparing a detailed project report for the 4th phase of Delhi Metro.