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A Correspondent in New Delhi

Soon city commuters will be able to use a single, rechargeable master mobility card to hop onto any metro, local train or government bus across all major Indian cities without the hassle of queuing up to buy paper tickets.

Come Tuesday, Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath will release a prototype of a master mobility smartcard that has been designed on the lines of Metro smartcards with the benefits of an ATM card.

He will also release specifications for the card and promises funds to States adopting the scheme. This would have just one condition: that these specifications are followed by the States.