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Soon, biometric pre-paid taxi service at Delhi airport

delhi Updated: May 25, 2011 00:50 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
Subhendu Ray

Possibility of an outsider being harassed or looted while commuting by a pre-paid taxi from Indira Gandhi International Airport to his destination at the national capital will soon be a matter of past.

On the lines of London and Singapore international airports, Delhi government is going to put biometric pre-paid taxi operation system in place in the airport. The system — first of its kind in India — that has been designed by IT firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) would be put in place by end of this month.

The biometric cards issued to the taxi drivers contain all details of the drivers including contact numbers, driving licenses and details of vehicles and would be pasted on the back of the driver's seat so that in case of any unpleasant incident the victim can contact police with specific details of the driver.

The project, which was planned a couple of years ago, though did not materialise so far for certain reasons, would soon be a reality, if Ranjan Mukherjee, officer on special duty (OSD) to the lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna.

He said that following reports of some untoward incidents L-G recently had ordered Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to immediately introduce the system with the help of Delhi Traffic Police in a bid to ensure safety and security of the flyers.

"The biometric system, which is to be introduced in the national capital territory, is an innovative security measure by the L-G. As overall supervising head of the security of the national capital, the L-G has planned to adopt this particular project solely with an intention to provide safe and secured transportation to in bound domestic and international air passengers to their respective destination in the city," said Mukherjee.

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

Pre-paid taxi operations come under Delhi Traffic Police and so traffic police have been assigned to verify the drivers. Based on their reports, transport department would issue bioelectric cards to the drivers.

So far 2,500 taxis have been authorised to operate from the airport. They have already been issued bioelectric cards, said officials.

DIAL sources said all the operating taxis and their operators and drivers have been scanned before being issued the cards.

"During the process about 110 drivers were identified who had past criminal records. They have been eliminated," said Mukherjee.