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Pod taxis a step closer

india Updated: Oct 09, 2011 22:52 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Moving a step towards providing high-tech public transport to city residents, the authorities have completed the survey for introducing Pod Taxis in Gurgaon.

The survey - conducted by a private sector Fairwood Green Transport Private Limited, was coordinated by 98the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) - appointed as the nodal agency for the survey.

According to the survey, there will be 3150 Pod Taxis for the entire city. The route will be 105-km long with 143 stations and eight multi-level parking lots. The route will pass through NH8 at six locations.

As part of the proposed Personal Rapid Transport system (PRTS) project, the entire route, however, does not cover IMT Manesar and new sectors proposed in the Gurgaon Master Plan 2025 (Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex 2025).

The route will also cover old Gurgaon localities in addition to the posh and privately developed townships such as DLF City, Sushant Lok, Palam Vihar, Southcity and HUDA sectors. The project will cost the state government around R5,000 crore and is likely to be executed under the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

Multi-level parking lots have been proposed at stations located in Udyog Vihar, Sahara Mall (MG Road), Sector 43, Ardee Mall, Leisure Valley Park, Mini Secretariat, Sector 37 park and Kadipur (Pataudi Road).

MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal said, "The study conducted for the PRTS project has been completed and sent to the higher authorities for approval."

"A detailed ground hindrance report on the PRTS has been forwarded to the Haryana government. The remaining decision on this project will be taken by the higher authorities," he added.

The revolutionary Pod taxi service is already functional at Heathrow Airport in the UK, where it has been running successfully. Pod taxi is a battery-operated, driverless and laser guided small vehicle with rubber wheels running on an elevated tracks.

With a passenger carrying capacity of 4-6 persons, the Pod car can speed up to 40kmph. Weighing about 850 kg, the car is best suited for a burgeoning city like Gurgaon.