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More private cabs to ply on city roads

Mumbai’s busy roads will welcome two new private taxi services in 2010.

mumbai Updated: Jan 01, 2010 00:58 IST
Shashank Rao

Mumbai’s busy roads will welcome two new private taxi services in 2010.

“We have received applications from two private taxi firms for running cabs in Mumbai,” said Transport Minister, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil to Hindustan Times.

The move is seen as a step to encourage private, air-conditioned taxis in Mumbai, while curbing the fleet of black-and-yellow taxis at 56,000, one-fourth of which are 25 years old.

The two companies are, Mumbai-based Bhallal Jyothi Pvt Ltd and Delhi-based Easy Cabs. The State Transport Authority (STA) will give an official permit before these firms can launch services in Mumbai.

“One of the two companies has received permission from the STA, while the other is pending,” said an official from the Transport department. This means that once the permissions are through, it is up to the private firm to decide when they want to start services.

Bhalla Jyothi Pvt Ltd has received permission from STA, but they are unsure of the appropriate timing for the launch.

“We plan to introduce approximately 100 taxis, but at this point of time, it would be difficult to give the month of the launch,” said an official of the company.

Their taxis would be cherry and white in colour, and the drivers would wear grey uniforms.

Easy Cabs plans to introduce their fleet within a month of receiving the permission from the STA. An official of this Delhi-based firm refused to divulge details of their proposal submitted to the Transport department.

“We recently called for a seminar where the drivers were asked to sign a contract with us for four-and-half years against which they were to receive Rs 2.25 lakh. But this didn’t go well,” said another firm official.

They plan to introduce Hyundai Accent as part of their fleet in Mumbai. These taxis will operate in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Mira-Bhayander, Dombivli, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar like other private taxis.