Jaipur: The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) has decided to start feeder services from today. The JMRC will be deploying 20 Tata Magic to ferry commuters from the Jaipur Metro’s catchment area. Initially, these vehicles will operate between Mansarovar to Bhankrota and New Aatish Market to Maharani Farm. “We have fixed Rs 5 as minimum fare and Rs 10 maximum fare. The vehicles deployed will be of Euro-III and Euro-lV technology, 2015 model. As Metro supports pollution-free transportation, new vehicles was the major clause in the tender,” a senior JMRC official said.
- In the coming days, the Jaipur Metro Rail would extend the services to Khatipura Mod & RIICO (Mansarovar) from Mansarovar station.
- Similarly, it would run upto Mahesh Nagar from New Aatish Market station.
- Jaipur Metro Rail had issued work orders to private firm Jaiswal Travels, after completing the tender process.
- The firm would deploy ‘Hundred’ 8-seater Tata Magic vehicles till June 2017 at all Metro rail stations.
- These feeder services will run on the routes decided by the transport department.
- No other public transport will be given permission to run on these routes.
- These feeder services will ferry passengers in maximum 7 kilometer area from the Metro rail station.
- These feeder services will be operated on public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
- The firm would provide Rs 15 on per vehicle to Jaipur Metro as a fee.
- The vehicle maintenance & operation cost will be borne by the contractor.
- JMRC expects that the number of passengers will increase to 1000 per day, once the feeder service is launched.
- The official added,”Metro runs for 15 hours in the city. These vehicles will make one trip in an hour. As per this calculation, the vehicles will ferry at least 1000 passengers to Metro.”
- Besides, the state transport department will also link routes of public buses with the Metro rail stations to increase ridership.
- A stand for Rajasthan Lok Parivahan buses will be developed at Aatish Market near Metro rail station gate no. 2.
- Sources said,”There are nearly 382 buses which make nearly 512 trips per day. An inspection was carried out recently by the minister. The ridership of Metro rail will increase as people using these buses will travel in Metro too.”