New set: 22 more bike taxis launched
The step to introduce 22 more bike taxis has been taken due to the success of Phase I of the pilot project when similar service was introduced for Rajarhat and New Town, state Transport department minister, Suvendu Adhikari, said.
Adhikari flagged off the bike taxis on Wednesday. Sujit Bose, MLA and Director of WBTC and Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Principal Secretary of Transport Department, were also present in the programme.
This time, another private company – Radhashree Road Stars Private Limited – launched the bike taxis.
The new company also has to follow the norms that the state Transport department has framed for bike taxis. For the first one kilometre, the fare would be Rs 20 and Rs 5 for each of the consecutive kilometre. An app has also been launched using which the bike taxis can be booked.
Since the first launch of the bike taxis in Rajarhat and New Town on March 16 till March 31, around 6,000 downloads have been recorded and a total 623 people have taken the rides.