The Haryana government on Tuesday decided to introduce 'Radio Cabs' for Panchkula, Gurgaon and Faridabad and applications were invited from prospective operators for grant of contract carriage permits.
The operators may apply for it at the office of the secretary of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) concerned. An official spokesman said that the permits would be granted for three categories- economy, luxury and super luxury cabs.
The fare for the economy cab is Rs 12.5 per km, while it is Rs 20 per km for the luxury cab and Rs 30 per km for the super luxury cabs.
The spokesperson said the contract carriage permits would be granted to ply Radio Cabs in Faridabad, Gurgaon and Panchkula within a radius of 50km of the respective district headquarters in Haryana.
Saying that the applicant should either be a company under the Companies Act 1956 or a society under the Societies Registration Act 1860 or a firm, he added that the applicant should ensure adequate parking space for the vehicles. It was also highlighted that the applicant should have the necessary infrastructure to accommodate a control room and have at least five telephone lines. He should have a fully-functional GPS or GPRS device for tracking the vehicles, conforming to nationally acceptable standard similar to those installed on the cabs. The system may be required to be linked to the office of the secretary to the RTA concerned.
The spokesman said that a minimum fleet size per operator would be five motor cabs for Panchkula and 20 cabs for Gurgaon and Faridabad.
The cabs would be available round-the-clock seven days a week. Each cab operator would be given a unique number to operate the call center and it can be used by customers. Between 11pm and 5am, an additional 25 percent would be charged on the base fare. The operator would be responsible for the supervision of drivers and their behavior.
The cabs will be white with a colour-coded band on three sides-sky blue for economy, dark blue for luxury and golden for super luxury. The cabs in Gurgaon and Faridabad will have the NCR Radio Taxi logo, the spokesperson said.