Railways ink record Rs 51cr deal with Ola, Uber

Railways ink record Rs 51cr deal with Ola, Uber

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Bengaluru: The increasing popularity of cab aggregator services in Bengaluru and surrounding cities is proving to be a money-spinner for the railways.

Railways has inked a `51-crore deal with Ola and Uber, the highest ever parking contract signed by Bangalore Railway Division.

Further Details About the Deal:

  1. N R Sridharamurthy, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Bangalore Railway Division, confirmed that the deal was signed recently.

  2. “It is the first time in Indian Railways that such a huge contract has been entered into with aggregators. As per the deal, railways will be paid `17 crore at the commencement of each of the three years. We have received the contribution for this year in advance.”

  3. “This marks a significant contribution from the non-fare revenue section to the Railways,” he added.

  4. Altogether, 192 cabs will be made available at railway stations in and around Bengaluru.

  5. Tenders were called for hiring services of cab aggregators at 12 railway stations  and spaces earmarked for cab parking and kiosks inside stations for offline booking. The licences have now been finalised.

Stations covered Under The Deal:

  1. The City Railway Station will have 75 cabs positioned at both the entries

  2. Yeshwantpur will have 30 cabs

  3. Krishnarajapuram 10 cabs

  4. Cantonment 20 cabs

  5. Kengeri 5 cabs

  6. Banaswadi 10 cabs

  7. Yelahanka 5 cabs

  8. Bangalore East 5 cabs

  9. Malleswaram 2 cabs,

  10. Byappanahalli 5 cabs

  11. Whitefield 20cabs

  12. Hebbal 5 cabs

An Uber spokesperson said, “Our objective now is to partner with the public transport to ensure last-mile connectivity.”

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