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You can soon take a ride through Chandigarh on baxis

Bike taxis is not a new concept and is successful in Vietnam and Thailand. In India, baxis are functional in Rajasthan, Goa, Gujarat, Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad.

punjab Updated: Jun 09, 2017 19:11 IST
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Baxi service is running in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurugram for a year.
Baxi service is running in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurugram for a year. (HT File Photo)

Chandigarh residents will no longer have to shell out heavy amounts to reach office or college daily, with the idea of bike taxis, popularly known as baxis, coming to the city soon.

The project will start in a month.

Rajiv Tewari, the State Transport Authority secretary, says, “The transport department is finalising the policy regarding baxis. It won’t take more than a month.”

The fare of baxi will be determined on the basis of time and distance covered.

BAXI OR TAXI?

The idea has received a mixed response from residents.

Kavya Kriti, 20, student of commerce in Chandigarh, says she would rather go for a public transport than a baxi. While Ishita Aggarwal, 20-year-old student of SD College in Chandigarh, says that baxis are safer than cabs as they are open and reduce the risk of harassment of women.

The baxis will be cost-effective and will come with an additional factor of saving time by beating traffic. It is expected to be most useful for single commuters in the city.

“Having witnessed baxis in other states, we feel that they are quite eco-friendly,” says Nabhaneel Tiwari and Vaibhav Nagesh, both students of journalism.

Taxi fares in different states
  • According to reports, in Gurgaon, Uber ride starts at Rs 15 (base fare) + Rs 3/km + Rs 1/minute, with Rs 20 as the minimum fare.
  • In Hyderabad, Uber charges Rs 20 for the first three kilometres and Rs 5 per kilometre after that.
  • In Jaipur, Ola bikes are available at Rs 3 per km with Rs 20 as base fare.
  • In Bangalore, Ola charges Rs 2 for every km apart from Rs 1 per minute ride time charge, on a base fare of Rs 30.

Countering this argument, Tamanna Sahoo, 20, says, “It will be less preferred as we travel with our friends and family and are rarely alone.”

“It will be weird as Chandigarh is a small place. People have a confined mentality at places,” says Sampada Sharma, a resident of Chandigarh said in Facebook post.

The idea is to have tie-ups with major taxi operators such as Uber and Ola, to ensure success of the scheme.

Motorcycle owners will be able to get commercial permits and licence for two-wheeler taxis.

POPULAR IN GOA, GURUGRAM

Bike taxis is not a new concept and is successful in Vietnam and Thailand. In India, baxis are functional in Rajasthan, Goa, Gujarat, Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad. They are cheaper and easier option for commuters but require minimum investment. They are expected to create opportunities for the unemployed youth.

Malvi Rikhi, another resident of Chandigarh, says that the city is already too crowded and bringing more bikes will add to the clutter.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh recently gave a thumbs up to the idea of bike taxis under the Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar Yojana.

Whether or not, the idea of commuting through a two-wheeler instead of the usual four-wheeler taxi will gain positive response from residents in Chandigarh will be an interesting thing to wait for.