India will soon have a one-nation-one-card policy for public transport, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant announced on Monday. Kant said that the policy will help in bringing seamless connectivity between various modes of transport.
He said a robust transportation sector was the backbone for the development of any economy, especially for a densely populated developing country like India, and the focus of the nation’s mobility strategy was on sustainable modes of public transport, transport-oriented planning and digitisation.
For instance in London, you can buy one card (Oyster card) and can travel on the bus, metro and even suburban trains using that card.
“The objective of the strategy is to plan for the citizens first, rather than focusing on vehicles alone, by providing sustainable mobility and accessibility by switching to a cleaner mode of transportation,” Kant said during the “Future Mobility Summit-2018-India’s Move to NextGen Transport Systems”.
Road transportation amounts to around four per cent to India’s GDP with the segment still being heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
In the wake of the worsening air quality in the country’s major cities, rising concerns of climate change and an ever-increasing oil import bill, mobility is a crucial piece of the development puzzle and the key to unlocking the potential of India’s economy and people, the NITI Aayog CEO said.
NITI Aayog Advisor Anil Srivastava said the government was working towards achieving a robust mobility ecosystem across India.
“The citizens, on their part, should work towards sharing a ride, not owning the ride. The government has integrated many stakeholders across departments to drive India’s mobility vision,” he added.