Hurray! If you are one of those guys who need to frequently travel from one destination to another, here is a good news for you – the Union urban development ministry is working on a unique proposal which seeks to allow you a seamless and hassle-free journey for daily commuters, who use different modes of transport.
In fact, irrespective of the mode of transport you use: be it buses, local trains, the metro and monorails or even autos and taxis; a common mobility card – One India Card – will allow you to commute anywhere in the country and can be used as a single ticketing card for public transport.
Moreover, this multipurpose card is envisaged to be used for both state and private-run transport operators, in a move that aims to introduce ticket integration through the contactless smart card.
Initially, this scheme of common framework, which is proposed to be implemented in select cities under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, will need the transport operators to modernize their fleet to make them compatible for use with smart cards.
That’s not all. The One India card is also envisaged to be used as automatic fare collection system across the country – which can be fruitfully utilized for paying toll taxes on national highways or even buying utility items through the smart card.
A similar sort of initiative as a multi-application card system was adopted in Mumbai in 2007 – known as “Go Mumbai” card – for BEST buses, which was later extended to Suburban Railway services, for seamless connectivity within the financial capital of India.
In yet another initiative, which is currently in process of getting implemented is the Automatic Toll Collection system, which again has an objective of cashless transactions and one that will greatly reduce the commuter time and efforts !
The idea behind introducing this system was to aim for total cash-less transaction with complete security and also to reduce long queues. However, this scheme to facilitate commuter convenience did not fructify to the desired levels on account of the authorities being insufficiently equipped with the validators to check the card’s validity or the validating machines being plagued with technical glitches.
In my opinion, this renewed gesture by the Centre would not only aid commuters in terms of convenience but will also save ample of time. At first, it could prove cost-effective if you’re one of those marketing guys who need to travel to and fro from one part of the city to another. Secondly, it could save your time from standing in long serpentine ticket queues or worry about purchasing a ticket everyday.
Lastly, you keep away from the rak-jhak of tendering the exact change to the bus conductor!