In order to accelerate the development of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) service on Monday for the Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line via video conferencing.
“The inauguration of the first driverless metro train shows how fast India is moving towards smart systems. Today Delhi Metro is being connected to the National Common Mobility Card,” PM Modi had said.
This National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), which falls under Prime Minister’s ‘One Nation One Card’ initiative, enables seamless travel by metro rails and other transport systems across the country besides retail shopping and purchases.
Here Are 10 Important Things You Need To Know About The NCMC Card:
- The National Common Mobility Card or NCMC is an open-loop card, which can be used for all local travel needs in the country.
- NCMC is an inter-operable automatically operable transport card conceived by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs of the Government of India. “
- The NCMC facility will become available on the entire Delhi Metro network by 2022. NCMC service will cover the entire 400km stretch of Delhi Metro
- It was launched on 4 March 2019 and enables the user to pay for low-value payments for various segments e.g. Transit, Smart cities, Toll, Parking, and other low-value merchant payments, in addition to the normal day-to-day retail payments.
- The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs of the Government of India (MoHUA) has further informed that there is the provision of storing money on the card (in the Global Wallet or Card Wallet).
- The Global Wallet app in the phone can be used for contactless payments across various facilities like toll transit, parking etc.
- The idea of NCMC was floated by the Nandan Nilekani committee set up by the Reserve Bank of India. NCMC will allow passengers with RuPay debit card, issued in the last 18 months by 23 banks, including SBI, UCO Bank, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank etc, to be swiped for Metro travel.
- The five-member committee under Nilekani, the former chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI) has also proposed a host of measures, including all payments by the government to citizens through the digital mode, to reduce the number of cash transactions in the country.
- NCMC will allow entry and exit from Metro stations with the help of a smartphone, known as the automatic fare collection (AFC) system.
- Concerned banks have been asked to make their debit cards NCMC compliant, to ensure availability of service.
“One nation, one mobility card is one example. Our government has brought about several other initiatives such as ‘one nation, one FASTag’, which made travelling seamless and freed everyone from traffic. ‘One nation one tax’, i.e. GST, has made the tax system comprehensive and removed the tax jam,” PM Narendra Modi said.
“These innovations are going to herald a new era of travelling, comfort and enhanced mobility for Delhi-NCR residents”, the DMRC said welcoming the launch of the service.