Date Of Post: 28 Dec, 2017
New Delhi: The India’s first “Pod Taxi” project has moved a step closer to reality after a high-level panel recommended inviting fresh bids for the same conforming to the strictest safety standards on the lines of those prescribed by an American body.
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The Personal Rapid Transit Project-
- The roughly Rs 4,000 crore pod taxi project – also known as Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) – is a dream project of Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, and the NHAI has been mandated to execute it on Delhi-Gurgaon pilot corridor (12.30 km) from Delhi-Haryana border to Rajiv Chowk in Gurgaon on a PPP (public-private partnership) basis.
- The 5-member committee set up for technical & safety standards of PRT, headed by transport expert S K Dhramadhikari, said,”The committee recommends issuance of a fresh EOI (expression of interest) incorporating (automated people movers) APM standards and specifications, along with other general safety parameters with Niti Aayog recommendations.”
- Gadkari told PTI,”We will be issuing bids very soon for the pod taxi project now, with all hurdles cleared. The safety and security concerns will be taken care of as per the recommendation of the committee. This will be a major step towards easing congestion on busy Dhaula Kuan-Manesar stretch and revolutionising transportation.”
- The APM (Automated People Mover) standards in the US as recommended by the committee for the maiden PRT in India have been prepared by the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and these constitute the minimum requirements for an acceptable level of safety & performance for the PRT.
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- The committee said,”The APM standards include minimum requirements for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the various sub-systems of an APM system and are in general relevant for a PRT.”
The Project On DBFOT Basis-
- The pilot project, to be taken up on Design, Build, Finance, Operate & Transfer (DBFOT) basis, is meant for a 12.3km stretch from Delhi-Haryana border on NH 8 (near Ambience Mall) to Badshahpur via Rajiv Chowk, IFFCO & Sohna Road.
- The model is in place in London’s Heathrow airport, Morgantown & Masdar city.
- Gadkari said, if all goes according to plan, the first phase will be linking the 70-km stretch from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi to Manesar in Haryana to decongest NCR.
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