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Smart City Bhubaneswar to go Cashless, Odisha CM Unveils ‘Odyssey City Card’

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today unveiled ‘Odyssey City Card’ a Common City Payments System with two main components of Odyssey City Card and My Odyssey Centre to help denizens of Bhubaneswar use a single payment option for their multi-purpose city-level use.

‘Odyssey’ City Card, a prepaid multi-purpose card, is a first-of-its-kind offering in the city that has been designed to enable residents to make quick and easy payments for an array of services like property tax, water bills, and vehicle parking fees and trade license fee for traders and businesses among others, in a seamless manner

The card can also be used for making payments at retail merchant outlets enabled with point of sale (POS) machines across the country, as well as on e-commerce websites.

Addressing the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “The Odyssey City Card has been launched with the objective of creating a common city payment mechanism which will facilitate cashless transactions for several citizen based services across Bhubaneswar. We are happy to note that ICICI Bank has partnered with the State Government to introduce the card that will offer significant convenience to the residents of the city. The card is a step towards leveraging technology by forging stronger partnerships which will help us in the creation of a digital payment system.”

The ‘Odyssey’ City card has also been launched to commemorate the Men’s Hockey World Cup tournament that is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 28. The initiative aims at enhancing the experience of thousands of tourists who will visit the city to witness the sporting extravaganza by enabling them to book tickets for fleet transport networks along with retail purchases

With the ‘Odyssey’ City card, residents will be able to undertake the following activities:

 

1)Retail and e-commerce transactions: Purchase goods from retail stores, pay for movie tickets, dine, shop and e-commerce websites across the country.

2)Parking Fee: Make fee payments at Pay & Park locations managed by the BMC.

3)City-Based Transport: Users will soon be able to make cashless payments for bus rides across all transit networks under the Central Region Urban Transport Services (CRUT).

The card is currently available across the counter at 25 ‘My Odyssey Centres’ that have been set up by BMC along with Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and the Public Health Engineer Organisation (PHEO) at an issuance fee of Rs 50 and is valid for 5 years. The card does not levy any annual or renewal charge. Customers can apply for the Odyssey card by filling an application from compromising details name, DOB, mobile no, address