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Mamata moots smart debit card for railways

NEW DELHI: After the experiments of smart card in Mumbai suburban trains, Indian Railways is working on a similar passenger friendly facility to be availed across the country.


This was announced by Union Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee while addressing journalists during the annual Economic Editors’ Conference here. “The Railways has held talks with O P Bhatt, Chairman State Bank of India. The concept is still in a preliminary stage. We want the smart card linked to bank account or refill type, which could be used for purchase of ticket to be used across different modes of rail transport,” Vivek Sahai, chairman, Railway Board told reporters.

Sahai said the Railways was also engaged in talks with other banks for the implementation of smart-debit card for train travel.

The railway card, called the Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) card, has been a hit with Mumbai’s seven million commuters, and has been extensively used by new and existing commuters.

According experts smart card will track down nefarious movements and activities, as they will be issued only after verifying the authenticity of the details provided by the commuter.

Recently Martin Schroeder, Chief Engineer, American Public Transportation Association, Washington DC who was in India said such a SmartCard can be used for all traveling needs, such as travel by bus, local trains, Metro Rail Mono Rail, toll payment, parking etc. ‘’Smartcards must be made available at many more strategic locations. This will help reduce long queues at the ticket vending machines at the stations ," he said
Source - express buzz

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