Pune has been chosen for pilot project that will help people in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad to travel without cash.
The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has proposed to introduce a common mobility card in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad from November 14 that will enable people to travel on civic buses without carrying cash. The plan will be rolled out as a part of a Union government project, said PMPML Chairman and Managing Director Dilip Band.
The concept of single ticket for all systems of public transport has also been envisaged in the National Urban Transport Policy. The funding will be shared by the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). With this a commuter would be able to travel on trains and buses using a single card and without buying any ticket once transport operators modernise their fleet to make them compatible to smart cards usage.
The common mobility card is used in many developed countries. The union government also planned to roll it out in India and has selected Pune for its pilot run in buses. While we are planning to roll out the plan on November 14, we might start having the trial run from October itself.
Each card will be priced at Rs 40 and will be sold through authorised centres. The card readers installed in buses will calculate the ticket fare from the point of boarding to disembarking. Money will be automatically deducted on swiping the card twice. Cards will be available at around 50 centres in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.