Delhi may soon become a city of most modern public transport system. While the Metro has already changed the way people travel and monorail is being seriously considered for areas where the Metro cannot reach, Delhi government has now set its eyes on pod taxis.
Following a presentation on this modern transport system by a private company, chief minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the transport department to get a detailed project report prepared on pod taxis. Dikshit said a pilot project can be launched in areas like Karol Bagh, North Campus, east Delhi, ITPO and Dwarka city where metro and monorail cannot be constructed.
“We can extend it to other areas later if the pilot project proves successful,” Dikshit said.
Interestingly, Delhi is not the first city in India to have been thinking of pod taxis. Haryana government has already started a feasibility study on developing a 105km network for pod taxis in Gurgaon.
According to the presentation made to the city government, the pod taxi system can be commissioned in a limited place with poles of 40 cm diameter and an elevated track of 1.6 metre width.
“The company has offered to commission the project with its own resources and the city government will not have to spend anything on it. It will be economically viable for commuters, too, as the average fare of the pod is likely to come around Rs 6 per km. The pod, with a capacity of seven passengers, will be battery powered,” a press statement issued by Dikshit read.
“To maintain high frequency of taxis, the company has offered to operate a huge fleet of pod cars. The passengers will be able to board and de-board from the elevated stations on the route,” a Delhi government official said.
Officials said pod taxis are an ideal system for congested areas and can easily serve as feeders for metro, monorail and BRT systems. In comparison to the Metro and Monorail, which are cost intensive projects, pod taxis are very economical. While the Metro costs R300 crore per kilometre and Monorail costs R170 crore for a kilometre, pod taxi network can be built for just R30 crore per kilometre.