To bring ease to citizens using public transport, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) is working towards introducing a common mobility card to be used for availing all transport services. The motive is to help people avoid long queues and the hindrance of having to pay each operator separately.
The card will be inclusive of travel in Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses, auto-rickshaws, local trains and the Pune Metro once it gets operational.
Speaking to Mirror, PMRDA chief Kiran Gitte said, “We are currently exploring ways in which we can introduce this common mobility card which will be inclusive of multiple models of transport and also address inter-modal issues. This kind of card is becoming important these days as it doesn’t promote any kind of malpractice, integrates the fares and also makes it easier to keep a check on defaulters. Such cards have become mandatory for all metro cities. For Pune, the process should be complete in six months.”
“We are expecting a strong response from citizens as the people appreciate and encourage pass systems which are subsidised. Currently, the PMPML has several such passes and people have taken to them,” he added.
The card will be introduced by the PMRDA under the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) with the involvement of a state-level committee led by its chief secretary. In the initial stages, PMRDA will take up the task of transportation planning for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The proposed card will be available as a hard copy, with the option of being downloaded as a mobile application.
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