The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) on Thursday launched an app-based autorickshaw service, which aims to make commuting in the city safer.
According to officials, commuters can download the G-Auto app, launched in collaboration with Ahmedabad-based NGO Nirmal Foundation, from the Google app store. Once they book an autorickshaw, commuters will get all details — route, approximate fare and driver profile. For commuters who do not have a smart phone, they can book an autorickshaw by dialing a toll-free number — 92744444444.
The tariff starts at `25 for the first two kilometres, after which commuters will be charged `8/km. They will have to pay 25% of the fare as night charge — between 10pm and 6am — officials said.
Currently, the service comprises a fleet of around 200 autorickshaws. The MCG plans to increase it to 1,000. The G-Auto service is available in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Surat.
“The objective is to increase safety and reliability of autorickshaws as a mode of transport. At the same time, we want to ensure auto drivers also earn well. We plan to increase the number of G-Autos,” Vikas Gupta, MCG commissioner, said.
Additionally, the NGO will open bank accounts for the auto drivers and give them a smart phone. They will also provide them with life and accident insurance apart from pension benefits. “To ensure commuters’ safety, all G-Auto drivers have a valid driving licence and they will be verified by the police,” KL Sharma, a representative of Nirmal Foundation, said.
When asked about the civic body’s stand on the Haryana government’s new bus hiring policy, Gupta said, “We are aware of the situation and are chalking out a separate plan to launch a city bus service in Gurgaon. The city will get the service in the next six months.”
On Wednesday, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar approved the policy that allows individuals and private firms to hire buses from the state transport department.