If you need a speedy ride on busy Indore roads to reach your destination without wasting time in cabs and auto-rickshaws, then try a bike taxi.
An Indore-based company – NBA Tech Solutions, has become the first one in Madhya Pradesh to offer the service much on the lines of the cab companies’ similar venture in Bengaluru, which was launched in March this year.
NBA Tech has developed a mobile application called Bike4Eveything, which can be used to hire their services. The app is available for Android and Apple phones. A fleet of 50 bikes will be introduced first and the app will have option for luxury and regular bikes for its customers.
The bike taxi will be officially launched on August 1, however, the company has already started the service in the city as part of promotional activity.
Base fare for the ride is Rs 15 for one km and Rs 3 per km thereafter
The base fare for the ride is Rs 15 for one kilometre. It will be Rs 3 per kilometre thereafter. The fare is almost the same that is charged by auto-rickshaws. However, Avinash Bhateja, co-founder of the company, calls the taxi bikes more economical than rickshaw rides.
Bhateja says, “You cannot find auto-rickshaws at this fare. They claim some hidden charges—like, waiting charges etc. Ours is a nominal rate without any such charges.”
‘The new venture is a time saver’
Bhateja also calls his new venture a “time saver”. He says, “The USP of Bike4Everything is that it is going to save a lot of time of the commuters in traffic. We will be providing a faster pick-up and drop service as bikes can be manourvered smartly in traffic.”
‘Raincoats will be provided to riders during the monsoon’
Asked how bikes will compete with ricks and cabs during the monsoon, Bhateja said, “We will provide raincoats to our riders to save them from drenching.” The passengers will also wear helmets for safety.
Bike4Everything is planning to induct female riders soon, Bhateja says, adding the process might take at least 15 days or a month.