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Biometric taxi service at airport

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2011 02:25 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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On the lines of London and Singapore international airports, Delhi government has finally put the much-longed biometric pre-paid taxi operation system in place. The project was planned a couple of years ago but did not materialise.

Traffic police hope that the system, started on trial basis on Friday and the first in the country, would reduce possibility of harassment of outsiders who book taxis from pre-paid booths after arriving in Delhi. Pre-paid taxi booths at the Delhi airport are run by Delhi traffic police.

"This system will restrict all unauthorised and blacklisted taxi drivers from entering the airport premises," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

"We are using a specialised software to issue pre-paid slips. The new slip contains details of the passenger, his flight details, passport details in case of an international flier and details of the bay from which he would board the taxi," said Garg.

Computer generated data on the slip would help the police trace the taxi in case of any accident and any untoward incident.

The system is currently running on trial basis and will be launched after the trial is over. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna is expected to launch the system, said sources.

About 3,000 authorised taxi drivers have been issued biometric cards. They will have to first swap the card at the entry point and then get their identity verified using the biometric system to enter the authorized parking area at the airport.

After entering the airport premises, they will park their cars in the available bays, said traffic police. There are a total of 41 bays at the IGI airport.

Before launching the service, Delhi police and Delhi International Airport Ltd (Dial) had verified all taxi drivers who operate from the airport. During the process about 110 drivers with past criminal records were identified. They have been eliminated, said sources.