Moving towards ‘smart city’, ‘Janmitra’ cards to replace multiple debit cards in Ahmedabad

After a trial run of four months, the AMC announced the launch of a multi-utility smart card 'Janmitra'.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: October 13, 2017 9:03:17 pm
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As a seamless mobility card for utilisation at various public places the Common Card Payment Sysytem (CCPS) has been launched. To be applicable at transportation systems, parking, recreational areas, municipal bills, utility payments, retail and others.

After a trial run of four months, the AMC has announced the launch of a multi-utility smart card ‘Janmitra’. A part of over 20 designated projects under ‘smart city mission’, this card will replace the existing Janmarg cards that are used by Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) commuters.

“Now you do not need to carry multiple different cards but only one ‘Janmitra’. To be available from October 16-31 and used after November 1, Janmitra cards using the open loop technology will be used for BRTS and AMTS travel, used at AMC civic centres for depositing property tax, entry at Kankaria lake front and Sabarmati riverfront, AMC run parking, at restaurants and shopping centres,” said municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar.

Each card to be valid for a period of five years, this card can also be used for the Metro rail in the future, Kumar added.

The existing 51000 Janmarg card holders of which 26000 are active can replace with Janmitra free of cost while a new card holder has to pay Rs 50. Issued by the ICICI bank, for personalised card, Rs 75 is to be charged. A card holder is required to maintain a minimum balance of Rs 100 and a maximum of Rs 20000.

Issuing of Janmitra card will be done at 24 BRTS stations. To generate response from commuters, BRTS travelers using Janmitra cards can also avail 10 per cent discount for each travel.

Another smart card system that was announced as a part of smart city projects is a smart card based immunisation tracking system for children till the age of 15 years. This immunisation tracking system is aimed at facilitating every paediatrician in the city to register dose of vaccination given to a child with a mobile app.

The service chargeable, the QR code enabled immunisation cards can be accessed by any doctor using the mobile phone for decoding the QR code. All details of immunisation will be available on his phone. Also, till the child turns 15 years, parents will keep getting reminders for immunisation due and if they do not get it done on time they will be ‘forcefully’ immunised repeatedly requesting them to oblige.

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