Ggn ‘Bike Taxi’ project may give traffic dept a hard time

On one hand when the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon is all set to start its application-based auto rickshaw service, another project “Bike Taxi” planned by the Regional Transport Authority in the Millennium City might make it difficult for the traffic department to control the <g data-gr-id="29">over flow</g> of auto rickshaws and bike taxis with the already existing modes of transport.

The RTA of Gurgaon plans to launch “motorcycle taxis” following the footsteps of Mumbai’s pilot project started in 2014. This will be an application based two-wheeler taxi service in two Metro stations — Huda City Centre and MG Road. The department is in talks with a few private companies who will provide motorcycles and riders.

“These bikes will be available at Metro stations to ferry passengers to nearby distances and close-by residential colonies. Riders will be in uniform and will have two helmets, one for themselves and the other for the passengers,” Bharat Bhushan, assistant secretary at the RTA said.

Even though the officials claim that these bike taxis will be available at lesser fares than autos and cabs, the traffic department is concerned about the existing and increasing number of autos and rickshaws floating on the streets.

Bharti Arora, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said the traffic department has been aiming to address issues of chaos outside the stations for quite some time. We had asked the RTA if the number of autos could be limited as it would become a problem to manage 3,000 extra autos and bike taxis with the already existing ones.”

When experts were asked about these new transport systems and their usage, they raised a number of questions highlighting security aspects.

“The bike taxis might not turn out to be a feasible idea as majority of women will not feel comfortable taking the ride due to the lack of personal space and security,” said Sanjeev Saxena, a transport expert.

“Women’s security could be an issue in this as a lot of women take autos because they feel safe in their own personal space,” said Arora.
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