Pune: The MahaMetro is eying to rope in State Bank of India (SBI) to provide common mobility card (CMC) for metro rail and other feeder services for Pune metro project which is expected to start in 2019.
The CMC is one of the facilities under the planned seamless travel initiative of MahaMetro for Pune metro project while common information centre and physical connectivity to other transport facilities are the other two.
Speaking about the development, MahaMetro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit said that for Nagpur metro project the Mahametro had planned a detailed project report (DPR) of Rs 300 crore for CMC. “Later we found that SBI is ready to provide us with the CMC with a royalty of Rs 30 crore. In turn, the SBI will have access to data of our 3 lakh passengers who will be using the metro and the deal worked for us. We are planning the same CMC facility for Pune too,” added Dixit.
The CMC can be used for buying bus as well as train tickets of railways and metro. The commuters using the CMC will not have to pay cash for buying tickets. In addition, CMC can be used as an ATM-cum-debit card. It will act as a win-win situation for the MahaMetro, the SBI and commuters. The Mahametro will save money, SBI will get lakhs of commuters as its clients and commuters will be saved from hassles of buying tickets every day thus saving their time.
Under the seamless travel initiative, MahaMetro will be building physical connectivity of metro stations to other transport utilities like bus stands, railway stations and others. Similarly, the common information centre will help a commuter provide information to another commuter while he is travelling between different transport utilities like railway, metro and bus.