New Delhi: In a view to make travelling hassle free, the Urban Development Ministry has launched a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) which will facilitate commuters to move around without carrying cash as it will work in paying charge in metro, bus, trains, taxis and for parking as well.

Jaipur will be the first city to get this service by March 2012. Bhopal and Bengaluru are also likely to get NCMC by next year and subsequently the card will be extended to other states of the country.

The NCMC was introduced during a conference on Urban Mobility India 2011 held at Maankasha Centre, Dhaula Kuan. The card is named as ‘More’ symbolizing the national bird peacock.

Addressing the conference, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said, “Problems faced in providing public transport services to the growing population have to be resolved and the government is bound to give better facilities.”

“The card has been developed by UTI Infrastructure technology and services limited. We will work with corporations for the parking services and parking tenders will be allotted to only those who will accept the automatic fare collection technology,” said S K Lohia, a government official.

The card will allow only metro commuters to park their vehicles in the metro parking.

Commuters using bus services will have to get their card recharged by the bus conductor. Punching machines and cameras will be installed on the entry and exit doors of the buses. The punching system will keep a toll of the distance travelled by a commuter and proportional fare.

The modernized system will also keep track of the activities in the buses.

JPN/Bureau