Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) while inaugurating the first phase of the Ahmedabad metro train service on Monday, 4th February 2019. The card has been developed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
Earlier people had to purchase different subscriptions, cards and tickets for different modes of public transport and a transport card of one state was not applicable to other states. To eliminate this problem, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) came out with this solution of introducing ‘One Nation One Card’. It was launched in association with the State Bank of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that they have merged the RuPay card with the mobility card which will enable people to pay multiple kinds of transport charges along with other services across the country. Segments such as metro, bus, suburban railways, toll, parking and retail will also be covered with this same card.
The stored value on the card will also allow for an offline transaction across all ticket vending machines with minimal financial risk to involve stake-holders. The card not only gives you payment options but will also let you withdraw money from ATM.
Usually, India was dependent on a foreign country for technology and is indigenously developed. The system’s technology is supported by home-grown Automatic Fare Collection Gate namely Swagat and an Open Loop Automatic Fare Collection System called Sweekar which was developed to construct a common payment eco-system based on NCMC standards.