Global payments company Visa on Monday announced it had launched specifications for the ‘National Common Mobility Cards‘. NCMC, also known as ‘One Nation, One Card’, is an interoperable transport card that can be used for payments across all transit segments including metro, bus, suburban railways, toll, parking, etc.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March this year launched the NCMC with homegrown payment network RuPay, as its first partner.
- In line with the guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Visa NCMC cards will allow the contactless feature to pay for offline usage at transit venues.
- The card will allow holders to store their transit passes on the card, will provide multiple ways to top-up the offline balance on the card, and it can be accepted at participating public transport operators across the country.
- “With the transit sector expected to expand with numerous upcoming metro and smart city projects, NCMC contactless cards is expected to trigger rapid adoption of digital payments across transit use cases,” TR Ramachandran, Visa Group Country Manager, India and South Asia, said.
- “Besides being cost effective vis-à-vis cash, it will also help improve the efficiency and scale of public transit systems in the country.”
- With this development, Visa plans to work closely with the government and its banks to ensure early rollout and acceptance of Visa NCMC cards.
Bangalore Metro to implement ‘National Common Mobility Card’ at all 62 stations in Phase-2
Date : May 8, 2019
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) will implement the ‘National Common Mobility Card‘ at all the 62 stations in the Phase-2, according to reports. The ‘One Nation One Card‘ system, in effect, can be used to make payments for all public transport.
- The card will be linked to commuters’ bank accounts.
- A senior official said, all gates at all 62 stations in Phase-2, which will be opened by 2022, will be ready to accept common mobility cards and the smart cards.
- Initially, the gates will accept both common mobility cards and smart cards, the official said.
- Meanwhile, the corporation will upgrade the existing Namma Metro gates with advanced tech as well.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March this year launched the ambitious ‘One Nation One Card’ for transport and mobility.
- Once implemented, commuters could use a single card for payments across all segments including metro, bus, suburban, railways, parking, etc.
- To avoid unnecessary disruption, BMRCL has provided Metro users with a timeline of 2 years to switch over from the current smart cards to the common mobility cards.
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