Ola and Uber Gear Up: Kiosks to Emerge at Delhi Metro Stations
Commuting in Delhi is getting easier and faster. Yes, you heard that absolutely right. You will not have to book for cabs through your smartphone at metro stations anymore as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is coming up with application-based cab aggregators to set up cab kiosks at metro stations. The DMRC is looking to set up these kiosks at 218 of its 271 metro stations, in 400 identified spaces, which would be leased to these companies, the Times of India report stated.
The National Daily Report revealed that the cab kiosks will be set up at almost every Delhi metro station with parking and pick-up points at numerous stations. It is also to be noted that Uber and Ola are already operating on an operational basis at about five stations in Delhi. While Uber has kiosks at Dwarka Sector-21 and Sikanderpur station, Ola has kiosks set up at MG Road and Noida Sector 18 station. Also, both these cab aggregators have kiosks at one of Delhi Metro’s most important station named Rajiv Chowk. Nevertheless, DMRC is now planning to expand this model at nearly 220 stations approximately in Delhi-NCR and 400 spaces have already been decided where these kiosks will be set up.
Well, this project is solely for the benefit of the commuters to get last mile connectivity easily and at affordable rates. The DMRC stated to the Times of India that the spaces for setting up the kiosks will be provided to these cab-aggregators on a lease basis and the lease amount will be nominal. These aggregators will also have a separate lease agreement with the company for space allotment.
The RTO officer Mr Singh said “Our agenda is to make mobility seamless by providing access to feeder transportation and to help our passengers reach their destinations. With this collaborative partnership with cab aggregators, like Uber and Ola, we are looking forward to encouraging more and more people to use the metro and have ease of access for the last-mile connectivity,”
Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Officer, Asia Pacific, Uber also said, “By making it easy to travel to and from metro stations, we intend to alleviate the need for parking and make first and last-mile connectivity more seamless.”
He further added, “This is Uber’s first partnership with one of the largest global transit networks and we look forward to setting the gold standard for how we work together to improve our cities.”
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DMRC will be conducting the 6th online customer satisfaction survey from March 18, 2019, to April 14, 2019. The main objective of this survey is to know what the commuters think about various aspects of Metro Operations and they are welcome to give in their valuable feedback and suggestions on improving the quality of service.
The DMRC has also tied up with E-rickshaw providers at 11 Metro stations where 600 e-rickshaws run on weekdays catering up to 90,000 passengers.
“E-rickshaw services are presently operational at 11 metro stations – Vaishali, HUDA City Centre, M G Road, Sikanderpur, Escorts Mujesar, Bata Chowk, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Dwarka Sectors 9, 10, 11 and 12,” the DMRC said.
Besides these, there are also public cycle sharing services available across 19 Metro stations.
“Public bicycle sharing service is operational at 19 metro stations – Shastri Park, Hauz Khas, Saket, M G Road, Dwarka Sector-14, Akshardham, Barakhamba Road, Patel Chowk, Mandi House, Kohat Enclave, Rithala, Dilshad Garden, Kashmere Gate, Inderlok, Rohini East, Vishwavidyalaya, GTB Nagar, JLN Stadium and Jorbagh,” the DMRC added.
Well, that is not all. Other than Delhi and Bangalore Metro stations, the users can also avail Ola and Uber services from airport and railway kiosks as well.