Date of Post: 15 Nov, 2017
Bengaluru: The BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) is going ahead with the path-breaking move to introduce ‘pod taxis’ to the IT capital, making it the first Indian city to have such a facility. The BBMP, invited bids for starting ‘pod taxis’ in the city, K.J. George, minister in charge of the city tweeted on Monday. The only other urban centre that has announced plans to have pod taxis is Gurugram.
Pod Taxis In Bengaluru-
- The BBMP invited global tenders for the project under Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer basis under Public Private Partnership (PPP).
- For the uninitiated, pod taxis are small automated vehicles operating in a network of guideways, much like a cable car.
- “The waiting period for a passenger will be less than a minute. The stations will be off track, which means that the pod cars will take a deviation and stop. This is similar to bus bays. People can either buy tickets at these stations or can swipe cards. There is also provision for a passenger to stop the vehicle using buttons (similar to lifts),” a senior BBMP official, said.
Three Global Companies Showed Interest In The Project
- “Initially, three globally recognised companies showed interest in the project. We had given their details to the expert committee of Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning of the Indian Institute of Science for evaluation. The committee then prepared a Bengaluru specific project outline and using this we have called for tender,” BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said.
- If this project becomes a reality, people can travel in pod taxis along 5 routes
The Five Routes Are-
- Marathahalli to Graphite India Road
- Trinity circle till HSR Layout
- Jayanagar 5th block to JP Nagar 6th phase
- Sony Signal to Indiranagar
- Trinity to Leela Palace on Old Airport Road
Pod Taxis The Future Of Bengaluru
- “Pod taxis will be the future. Many developed countries have it. For a city which is brimming with over one crore population, we can make pod taxis affordable to the masses. According to our initial estimates, the project will cost Rs 50 crore per kilometre and can be completed in two years,” a BBMP engineer, said.
- Since this is elevated transport, it will be fast.
- The fares will be lower than in cabs.