The first phase of metro rail is most likely to start from November 2017, with that the NMRCL is also planning to introduce 'Common Mobility Card' (CMC).
Using this card the residents the travelers will be able to pay not only for the metro rail rides but also city and feeder buses with a simple swipe.
It will be an integrated, multi-brand card.
"Discussions with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation are being held for the same. The same card can also be used for shopping, entertainment as well as for payment of other services or goods that have tied up with CMC," said the press release of NMRCL.
SBI has bagged the tender of providing the mobility card.
The estimated cost of putting up kiosks, swiping machines in buses, metro would have cost about Rs 180 crore.
SBI would also give a royalty of Rs 30 crore over the 5 years to Nagpur Metro.In return, Nagpur Metro Rail will give exclusive rights to SBI in all its metro stations besides getting the mandate to handle the entire cash transactions of the metro. All the cash earnings from different metro stations would be deposited in an account with the SBI.
Ramnath Subramaniam, executive director (strategic planning) for Maharashtra Metro also told that the mobility cards can also be used for shopping, which can be termed as its USP.
Well, we can’t wait to witness this awesome and convenient change in the city!
Information Source: economictimes
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