Mumbai to ‘pilot’ national rail smart card project

With automatic ticket vending machines and smart cards getting popular on the suburban railway lines, the ministry of railways has designed a national railway smart card — Go India card.

The ministry had decided to launch the pilot project along the Mumbai-New Delhi route and Mumbai Central station of Western Railway is one of the six stations on the launch list.

“The pilot project is at the development stage and is proceeding without problems,” said KH Muniyappa, minister of state for railways, in the Parliament on Thursday.

The pan-Indian, pre-paid card, based on London’s template of Oyster card, promises to be the future of railway ticketing. “The new Go India card is a fool-proof national smart card that can be used as cashless ticket on all trains of any type across the country, including city’s suburban trains,” an official said.

It is a reformed avatar of the cashless ticket card Go Mumbai that was in use on buses and trains till recently. But the scheme was discontinued in December 2010, due to technical glitches.

The Go India card would be a seamless card used for unreserved tickets/suburban tickets, booking of reservation tickets on all kinds of trains and even retiring and cloak rooms. A public sector bank has been shortlisted for its financial transactions.

At present, the smart card used on suburban railways is a pre-paid card, but is used for issuing physical tickets from automated vending machines.

“No physical ticket will be issued and the fare will be deducted from the pre-paid card (e-purse). The passenger will show the smart card at the exit validator, which shall debit the exact fare and transmit the details through the ticketing server. Ticket checkers and train ticket examiners will be provided with hand-held card readers,” the official added.

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