The largest business district of India, Gurgaon, is all set to revamp its image by getting its first eco-friendly Pod Taxi project. Being part of NCR, this large city is home to many MNC HQ and branch offices. Thousands of commuters move to and fro each day from Delhi and other neighbouring states to Gurgaon, which gives this city the tag of the most congested cities of Northern India.
The Urban Development Ministry and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is looking for the ways to decongest this millennium city, which has the presence of nearly 50% of Fortune 500 companies, by bringing some out of the box ideas like Pod Taxi under the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) System.
The decision to implement this Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) system was taken in a meeting between Road & Transportation Minister Mr Nitin Gadkari and Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal Khattar few days ago. A memorandum of understanding will be duly signed between National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to formally start the project.
This could provide the necessary facelift to already crumbling infrastructure of this millennium city due to Rapid Urbanisation and sudden spurt in arrival of Big Multinational Companies. The Pilot Project of this new venture will be 12-13 km stretch between Delhi Haryana Border to Subhash Chowk via Rajiv Chowk on Sohna Road.
This 850 crore Pod Taxi Project is aiming to carry 30,000 Passengers on daily basis. The driverless Pods would carry 5-6 passengers in a single pod at a time. This pilot project line will have 14 stations in all.
This Pod Taxi Project is just a small step or we can say its an experiment to test the waters beneath the surface, the success of this small project could decide the future of Pod Taxi not only in Gurgaon but it can have a lasting impact on all other major cities of India who have also been facing similar problems for years.
Source: Hindustan times