A proposal to introduce a low-cost public transportation system in 16 cities across Madhya Pradesh was presented before the urban administration and development minister Kailash Vijayvargiya on Wednesday.
Named Jan Taxi, the radio taxi flagship project is aimed at developing a new transport system to end the monopoly of the private players.
"The flagship project intends to generate employment among the marginal sections of the society and operate on public private partnership (PPP) mode," said Kamal Nagar, joint collector and officer on special duty (traffic).
"After conducting a detailed sensibility, feasibility survey and techno-commercial analysis, we arrived at a decision to introduce such a system. The minimum tariff will be fixed at Rs 8.50 per kilometer," Nagar added.
Nagar also said that the proposed project will be supervised by a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and will be headed by a nodal officer. A control room will also be set up to monitor the movement of the taxis, and a public grievance redressal mechanism too will be put in place.
"Through this project we intend to introduce budget taxi, Nirbhaya taxi (exclusively for women, the taxi will be driven by women and other security parameters will be in place), green taxi (to be introduced in CNG available cities)," he said.
Vijayvargiya appraised the idea and asked for another detailed survey before it gets an approval.
"After approval, the project will take off on pilot basis in Indore and Bhopal. The feasibility and profitability of the project will be accessed through the pilot project and then it will be implemented in other cites of the state," said Nagar.
If operational, the project can be linked with the state government's Yuva Swarojgar Yojna (youth employment schemes) to generate employment.
The project, which is designed in PPP mode, will give ownership of the vehicle to its driver in three years.
The auto companies can provide vehicles at very minimal interest rates under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) obligations, he added.