The city residents will soon have an added option to travel to shorter distances in the city. The district authorities plan to introduce two-wheeler taxi service, famously known as the motorcycle taxis, at two metro stations.
The two-wheeler taxis will help in improving last-mile connectivity. Passengers will be picked and dropped to nearby destinations. This will also be the first time that commercial licences are issued to two-wheelers in the state.
The riders will be given proper uniforms and will carry two helmets, one for themselves and the other for the pillion rider. The regional transport authority (RTA) has decided to first start the service at two metro stations — Huda City Centre and MG Road.
The RTA officials said they have recently sent a proposal for the same to the state transport authority office in Chandigarh. The RTA has also initiated talks with a few private firms for operating the service where motorcycles and riders will be provided by them.
“We have sent a consolidated report to start motorcycle taxis in Gurgaon. The initiative will help in providing last-mile connectivity to people in the city. We have chosen two metro stations to start with. Two-wheelers will provide a faster means of transport,” Bharat Bhushan, assistant secretary at the RTA, said.
According to department sources, a resident of Gurgaon has already applied with the department to start the motorcycle taxi service. His request is pending approval.
“This will be run on an experimental basis. We are hoping that the RTA will introduce motorcycles that use electricity so we can control pollution,” Bharti Arora, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said.
The response to the initiative has been mixed from residents. “Two-wheelers can cut through traffic and require less space for parking,” Mohit Sharma, a resident of Sohna, said.
Chirag Mehta, a resident of Sector 30, wasn’t too impressed. “I don’t know how successful and, more importantly, safe travelling on bikes in city like Gurgaon, where hardly a few people follow traffic rules, will be,” he said.