The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to go cashless by 1 September – all transactions will now be digital. This move falls in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative implemented through the Smart City Mission. According to the Government, Digital India is a programme that aims to turn India into a digitally powered society and knowledge economy.
After a four-month trial period, the city authority has launched a Common Card Payment System (CCPS). The card is a multi-utility smart card called Janmitra to facilitate digital transactions. The cards are the first of its kind and are designed for convenience and flexibility. The multi-purpose card can be used for transportation systems, parking, recreational areas, municipal bills, utility payments, retail and others. It will replace the existing Janmarg cards that are used by Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) commuters.
With the card, users can pay their Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Professional Taxes and AMC Property Taxes. It also enables payments for the entry into the Kankaria Lakefront and the Sabarmati Riverfront. Users can use the card at shopping malls and restaurants and for other digital payments using Point of Sale (POS) machines payments for the AMC run parking.
The Janmitra smart cards will be made available at 141 BRTS stations, all 60 civic centers, and 47 branches of the ICICI Bank. The smart cards are valid for five years and can be used for the metro railway in the future.
To be issued a smart card, citizens will be required to show their unique identification number, that is their Aadhaar card and pay a one-time fee. The card will be accepted at ICICI Bank’s branches for payment of taxes and other civic dues. A receipt of the transaction will also be issued. Using the smart card, citizens get a 10 per cent discount for all BRTS tickets. It provides free 2 Mbps Wi-Fi service at the BRTS stations.
Currently, AMC has issued around 44,000 Janmitra smart cards. It is expected to be the biggest digital cashless payment scheme in the country.