Karnataka: Udupi launches cash card system for bus passengers

Udupi district has become perhaps the first district in the country to have implemented the cash card system for city and service buses

Karnataka: Udupi launches cash card system for bus passengers

Showing the way to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a cashless India a reality, Udupi district in Karnataka has become perhaps the first district in the country to have implemented the cash card system for city and service buses.

While, Karnataka capital city Bengaluru has started the card system on corporation-run BMTC buses on a trial basis for its staff, the service is slated to be officially launched for the public in January only. But Udupi has already brought this into effect. Recently, auto-rickshaws in Mangaluru city went the cashless way with PayTM installed in autos.


The newly implemented cash card system will give various facilities to its users.

The card can be availed of at any of the Canara Combined Transport Services.

At first, the card needs to be charged with a particular amount and will have its validity for a year. If the card is recharged for Rs 1,000, the traveler can avail service of Rs 1,100 in buses as the top-up gives a 10% bonus. If lost, the card can be blocked like an ATM.

Udupi was technology-driven in 2008 itself, when it introduced radio frequency identification technology (RFID) for bus travelers. But, the RFID was limited to regular commuters who travel once in a day. Commuters would just have to tap the card in front of the machine, the amount would be deducted and a ticket issued.