Almost six months after the government announced a low-fare radio taxi service for Delhiites, the first such service, with a fleet of 100 cars, is ready to hit the Capital’s streets on Tuesday.
The low-fare radio taxi will be available at a flat fare of Rs 10 per kilometre. Unlike other radio taxi services, which have air-conditioned cars in their fleet with some of them also provide mineral water on board, the low-fare radio taxis will be a no-frill service.
According to Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh, his department has already issued a number of permits to individuals to run non-AC vehicles as radio cabs, this is first time an operator with a number of vehicles in its fleet is launching the service.
Senior transport department officials said more than 2,000 such cars would run on Delhi’s streets in the next six months. “A few more companies have applied for permits to run low- fare cabs. We hope these companies would also roll out their vehicles soon,” a senior transport department official said.
The low-fare radio taxi is being seen as an alternative to autorickshaws in the Capital. The autorickshaws charge R19 for the initial two kilometres and R6.50 per kilometre for the rest of the journey.
Although these taxis would be marginally costlier than auto-rickshaws, senior transport department officials agreed that these taxis would prove safe and reliable mode of transport.
“These vehicles will not only accommodate one extra passenger, they will also save you from the extreme weather of Delhi. Unlike autorickshaws, these taxis will also move faster and would be a perfect para-transit system to suit longer journeys,” a senior transport official said.