Smart Payment In Smart City

A Smart Card-based Common Payment System for Smart City of Bhubaneswar has been fast tracked and a target to commission the project by January 1 next has been set by the State Government.

Empowered Committee Meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here today discussed the issue.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary PPP ects Pradeep Kumar Jena,  Principal Secretary Industry Sanjeev Chopra, Special Secretary General Administration Ashok Kumar Meena, Principal Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management, Chandra Sekhar Kumar,  Principal Secretary Tourism Mona Sharma, Secretary Works  Nalini Kanta Pradhan, Special Secretary Commerce & Transport Manoj Kumar Mishra, Special Secretary Housing & Urban Development  Prem Kumar Jha along with senior officers from respective departments participated in discussions.  

Mr.Padhi directed the officials concerned to make the project people friendly and easier for people to avail the facility.

According to sources, the Smart Card will be a multipurpose card with facilities like booking transit tickets, paying for municipality services, paying the utility fees, making payment in recreational centers, purchase from retail merchants etc.

Around 325 POS machines will be set up in different parts of the city from where people can avail the facilities, they said adding Off line transactions can also be made through the card.
EC accorded approval to the bidding process and the ICICI bank was selected as the private partner for carrying forward the project, the sources said and added various department and utility service providing agencies were advised to make use of the smart card based payment system for receiving the cost of their services and fees.

The committee also discussed progress of other projects like establishment of the Institute for Training of the Trainers ( IToT) , affordable housing project near Nakhara and slum rehabilitation and redevelopment housing project near Sainik school.

ICICI Bank, as the implementing agency will make an investment of approximately Rs 20 crore for the city wide implementation of the system. 

The Common Payment Card System (CPCS) is one of the modules forming part of the Pan City Smart Solutions in the Smart City Proposal of Bhubaneswar.

Under this module, it is proposed to implement an interoperable and integrated electronic payment ecosystem for citizens, visitors and businesses in the city by making common smart card and mobile wallet based payment system accessible to the users on 24X7 basis.

It shall enable access to single electronic payment instrument to all strata's of society and from every corner of the city.  

The system shall facilitate all citizen service payments across the City including bus and para-transit payments, parking payments, municipal service payments, utility payments, etc. through an Open-loop based fare card and mobile applications apart from other payment modes approved by Reserve Bank of India.

As part of the project, the bank will design and make available at least 5 lakh smart cards under this system.The citizens, visitors and other users will be able to buy the card through payment of a minimum top up of Rs 200 per card. A one-time fee of Rs 50 per card shall be retained by the Bank as cost towards the card. 

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