travel India with one common ticket

Some months from now, you will be able to travel on a variety of modes of public transport – buses, local trains, the Metro – in select cities, using just one smart card.

The common mobility card, called the ‘One India Card’, that the urban development ministry is currently working on, will be introduced in Delhi, shortly before the Commonwealth Games start in October.  After the trial run in Delhi, it will then be introduced to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chandigarh.

With a single card – and without buying any ticket – a commuter will be able to access trains and buses in all these cities once transport operators computerise their fleet to make them compatible for use with smart cards.

It will be a multipurpose card, valid for all operators – government as well as private – and on all modes of local travel. It can be extended to taxis too at a later stage. In time, it will be possible to buy inter-city travel tickets and utility items as well using the card.

No long lines, early bookings, paying extra to ticket checkers on the train or travelling anxiety perhaps.

What are these mobility cards? Where did the conecpt come from and why?

The overall objective of the project is to reduce individual car use in cities and tourist destinations which will lead to a reduction in energy consumption and traffic load. The aim is to improve the attractiveness of public transport and sustainable transport modes

Also,

Easy access to all kinds of sustainable transport with only one type of customer card

The concept comes from Europe. If you wish to know more you could go to the mobility card dot net site I linked above. In India, it is just on paper right now, expected to hit the market in Kolkata city in another two years or so? Perhaps.

How did this come about?

On October 19, 2009 Ministry of Urban Development Governement of India Metro Rail cell sent this circular to all chief secretaries. In it was said that “one of the bottlenecks in promotinguse of public transport is lack of seamless connectivity”. Since, the letter said, telescoping and combining fares is more difficult, integrating the ticket is what was suggested as feasible.

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12 thoughts on “travel India with one common ticket

  1. http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/suica-nex/

    http://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/

    I think you will like these links. The best part about these cards in Japan are that you have “mobile versions” as well. You can just put your phone near the metro gates and they will open. Oh and the cards by themselves are IC based contact less systems, so you do not even have to take them out of your wallet in order to pay or use the trains there. .I hope they introduce IC cards are not magnetic strips because one you have to fetch them out each time you travel and second they are more subject to wear and tear.

  2. wow! thanku, thanku, good to hear from you after such a long time, Odzer.
    yes, mobile IC sounds good, but if you lose the phone it is gone, then? I wanted to post a picture of how the card looks but could not find one, do you hve a picture?

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  4. This is a good post and it was interesting exploring the links – esply interesting to learn that the concept has been around in Japan and Europe for a while. Thank you for writing this post

  5. That is really a good information esp. for visitors which definitely save more time, money through that card while traveling within India. India is an incredible country in the world due to its diversities and culture which attracts other to visit India.

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