Good news for the Delhiites, who have to haggle with auto drivers as part of their daily itinerary, as very soon you can get a three-wheeler just by making a call, even at the gravest of hours without shelling out a mini fortune for it.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has come back again with the ambitious user-friendly G-Auto proposal, which has got clearance in its House meeting on Monday.
Though sources in the civic body had said a disagreement in terms of how much subsidy the corporation will provide to the service provider had nearly derailed the project, a fleet of 50 G-Autos, which will have the facility of on call auto rickshaws, is set to hit the streets of the Capital soon.
East civic body mayor Ram Narayan Dubey told Hindustan Times that the corporation plans to start the service in September. "We have decided to give an unused community centre in Nandnagri to be used as the call center for the service.
Gujarat-based Nirmal Foundation, which will be running the service will pay us Rs. 750 per day as rent for the call centre. We are planning to get the service inaugurated in the first week of September with 50-odd G-autos," Dubey said, adding that now that the proposal has been passed in the House, the NGO will set up the call center and start registrations of auto drivers.
"Similar autorickshaw service is being run in various cities in Gujarat by Nirmal Foundation quite successfully and we want to replicate that success model in Delhi, too. We want to revamp the picture of auto-rickshaw travel from an unreliable option to a passenger-friendly and pleasant mode of transport. Now there will be auto-rickshaws at your doorstep round-the-clock at government notified meter-based fares. The drivers and vehicles, which will be GPS-fit, form part of a central database at a call centre, making it easy to track and safe especially for women," the East mayor said.
The journey to the beginning, however, hasn't been smooth as the project announced in February took months to even get the House clearance. According to a source in the civic body, the Gujarat NGO wanted the call center site free of cost.
"That matter has now been resolved as they have agreed to pay the corporation rent of Rs. 750 per day," the source said.