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Khaliseat: Carpool network lets you share rides and beat the fuel hike

Humaira Ansari, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 05, 2013
First Published: 01:57 IST(5/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:59 IST(5/2/2013)

Tired of increasing petrol prices, fare hikes in autos, buses and trains? Khaliseat.in – a new website – could put make it easier on your pocket.

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The website lets you pool any vehicle you have access too – a bike, car, auto or a fleet taxi to make your daily commute cheaper. 

To use it, commuters may join a ‘trip’ showcased or invite others to join on their own, posting their commute details such as date, destination, set-off time, route and mode of transport.

Shilpa Mohta, a marketing executive, who designed the site with Dhruv Shah, a web developer and strategist, says, ““In Mumbai, we are never happy on the roads. We get to work frustrated and get back home frustrated.  So Dhruv and I said, enough cribbing. Let’s do something about it.”

Shah says that he would notice other single drivers stranded in the traffic while driving from meetings in south Mumbai to his Kandivli home. One such evening, he got home and searched the internet for car-pooling services and discovered that the city had very few, most of them erratic and inactive.

“That’s when I decided to create a commute and travel-oriented social network where riders can post rides and others can sign up,” he says.

In less than week, the website has drawn 500 visitors, with 300 rides created till February 10.

Four days ago, Vyoma Hadkar, a 28-year-old advertising professional, shared a taxi from Bandra to her office in Prabhdevi with a journalist who contacted her after she posted on khaliseat.in.

“I saw which school and college she went to and followed the link to Facebook which gave me a fair idea that she was most likely not a threat,” says Hadkar.

Another Mumbai commuter, Vivek Shah, created a trip from Powai to Andheri (East) and found, via the site, an office colleague taking the same route that day. “It’s free and a really good initiative,” says Shah.

“But I would advise people to be careful about whom they accept as co-commuters.”


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