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First in NCR: Gurgaon starts dial-an-auto

Beginning Monday, Gurgaon will become the first in the national capital region (NCR) to have a CNG-run radio auto-rickshaw service.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2010 01:00 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Beginning Monday, Gurgaon will become the first in the national capital region (NCR) to have a CNG-run radio auto-rickshaw service.

The residents of Gurgaon will be able to summon auto-rickshaws to their doorstep by simply making a phone call.

The service provider has fixed the fares to different destinations in advance, which will stop the auto drivers from fleecing an unwary passenger.

The service has been named Radio Tuk Tuk (after the famous Tuk Tuk auto-rickshaws of Bangkok) and is a brainchild of Sulabh Mehra, a 25-year tech-savvy resident of Palam Vihar.

The auto-on-call service starts with 50 hi-tech auto-rickshaws fitted with panic button, mobile charger, GPS (global positioning system) and auto-fire cut-off system. Twenty Tuk Tuk stands have also been set for the auto-rickshaws.

"The Tuk Tuks would be available in maximum 15-20 minutes between 6.30 am and 11.30 pm at the centralised number 0124-2343434," said Sulabh Mehra, head of operations, Radio Tuk Tuk, adding, "We would charge a minimum of Rs 50 for first three kilometres and Rs 8 extra for each additional kilometre travelled."