Radio Tuk Tuk to end traffic woes
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Radio Tuk Tuk to end traffic woes

Relief to city residents as a fleet of 50 high-tech autorickshaws just a phone call away from today.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2010 00:16 IST

Starting Monday, residents of Gurgaon would be able to travel within the city in comfort, style and safety, thanks to 'Radio Tuk Tuk' - a door-to-door CNG-run three-wheeler service that will be available on a phone call.

The brainchild of a 25-year-old resident of Palm Vihar, Sulabh Mehra, this auto-on-call service starts with 50 high-tech autorickshaws - fitted with panic button, mobile charger, GPS and auto-fire-cut-off system. The timings of the service will be from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm.

At present, there is no metered autorickshaw facility in Gurgaon, which has point-to-point shared autorickshaws being plied by the individuals and small-time operators.

The authorities have no control on the fare charged by these autorickshaws.

The drivers employed by the company, Radio Tuk Tuk, are said to be well-trained by the auto-manufacturing company, TVS, on road rules and etiquette.

"The Tuk Tuks would be parked at all corners of the city for ensuring that the passengers of the entire city are covered and the service reaches them in 15-20 minutes," said Mehra.

Residents have to just dial 0124-2343434. "We would charge minimum Rs 50 for first three kilometres and Rs 8 for every additional kilometre," Mehra.

Besides low fares, the USP of the auto service is the safety it offers to the commuters.

"All the vehicles are fitted with panic buttons. A passenger can press it in case a driver misbehaves, charges extra or in the event of an accident etc, he added. The drivers would be dressed in grey uniform as well.

RC Dubey, assistant general manager, TVS Motor Company Limited, said the autorickshaws were supplied by a local dealer and each vehicle costs Rs 1.5 lakh.

Mehra said Radio Tuk Tuk service would be available from 20 stands.

With 50 Tuk Tuks, the service would bring Metro stations, malls and market places closer to the residents. For want of feeder system, reaching Metro stations has been a major problem for those living far off places in Gurgaon.

First Published: Nov 22, 2010 00:14 IST