The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority plans soon to launch the National Common Mobility Card that will enable commuters in Mumbai to access various public-transport platforms across the city.

The Common Mobility Card Called, dubbed More, is an integral part of the National Urban Transport Policy of India. It is designed to provide a single means to access all types of public-transport systems throughout the country.

India’s Ministry of Transport is the central authority behind the contactless smart card, which will be used as an electronic purse, and state-owned financial technologies vendor UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Ltd. is providing the smart card technology behind it.

The ministry expects UTI to connect buses, trains, metros, ferries, taxis and auto-rickshaws in the major cities across the country over the next five years, he says.

Once the card launches, commuters may use it to pay for metro, mono and suburban rail and buses. They also may use the card to pay auto rickshaw and taxi fares, parking charges and tolls, a spokesperson for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority tells PaymentsSource.

“The ministry is also evaluating other uses, including use for retail and utility payments,” the spokesperson says, noting the card ultimately will alleviate the need for commuters to pay using cash and will save the government significant amounts of money now being spent to run a cash-based public transport ecosystem.

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