The government is planning to rollout of bike taxis on a bigger scale and is going to introduce an app that will also include the new and economical way of commuting, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Minister Nitin Gadkari is confident that bike taxis will offer solutions not only for severe traffic congestions but also provide affordable transportation to people in rural areas.
Bike taxis have been launched at a few places in the country, mostly initiated by private players.
“We are planning to facilitate launch of bikes as taxis. We are going to introduce a cab aggregator platform where commuters could choose any mode of transportation that also includes a bike taxi,” Gadkari said.
He said a presentation for it has already been made by experts.
“Lack of employment is a major problem for this country. Our governments priority is to provide jobs. Today, India faces shortage of 22 lakh drivers,” Gadkari said .
“bikes as taxis cannot only provide affordable rides to people but can generate employment for lakhs of youths” he added .
“We are going to create an economy which is going to provide employment,” he said.
“The idea is that the nearest bike can be booked through aggregator. There will be competition for offering good services”, he added.
For short distance travel one can easily book bike taxi through app to be launched shortly by government .
“This platform will not only be restricted to aggregators like Ola and Uber. It will be for all. Government will be a facilitator,” he said.
He said one can easily track the movement of bike taxi through GPS.
He said driverless taxi will not be allowed in India as it will lead to joblessness.
Instead government will focus on training drivers and provide employment to 50 lakh people.
“Talks are on with World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help India to replicate the London Transport Authority Model where all the public transportation buses would be replaced by luxury buses and a common man can travel in them by paying about 40 per cent less price as compared to current fares,” Gadkari has said