Smart cards for common payments soon

The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has come one step closer in introducing the common payment card system (CPC).

Published: 12th August 2017 03:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 09:16 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR:The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has come one step closer in introducing the common payment card system (CPC). According to BSCL officials, the denizens might get access to these cards within three to four months.

A BSCL official said here on Friday that they had floated a tender inviting a bank to collaborate with them in this regard, adding ICICI bank has won the bidding process.
The smart card can be used to pay holding tax, trade licence fee, availing birth and death certificate, city bus services, paying parking fee, payment for getting building approval, penalties imposed by various government agencies and filing tender papers, among others.

The card, which is yet to be officially named, can be used in other cities also, a BSCL official said.
Sources said, the card holder needs to have an account with the partner bank. The card’s unique number will be linked to the bank account. Upon swiping the card, money will be debited from the account for the services availed. The design of the CPC will be jointly decided by the partner bank and BSCL.
BSCL has also planned to provide 325 PoS (Point of Sale) machines maintained at a grid of 500 metres in the city.

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