You can soon take a ride through Chandigarh on baxis. The bike taxi scheme, which is already running successfully in some other states such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, West Bengal and Haryana, will also help reduce vehicular traffic on the roads, besides controlling pollution.
Chandigarh residents will no longer have to shell out heavy amounts to reach office or college daily, with the idea of bike taxis, popularly known as baxis, coming to the city soon.The project will start in a month.
Rajiv Tewari, the State Transport Authority secretary, says, “The transport department is finalising the policy regarding baxis. It won’t take more than a month.”
The fare of baxi will be determined on the basis of time and distance covered.“The initiative will encourage youth to engage in entrepreneurial business, while facilitating last-mile connectivity for commuters in areas not accessible by regular four-wheeler taxis.”
Both Uber and Ola have shown interest in the scheme, for which the government will soon issue the necessary notification, said the spokesperson.
BAXI OR TAXI?
The idea has received a mixed response from residents.
Kavya Kriti, 20, student of commerce in Chandigarh, says she would rather go for a public transport than a baxi. While Ishita Aggarwal, 20-year-old student of SD College in Chandigarh, says that baxis are safer than cabs as they are open and reduce the risk of harassment of women.The baxis will be cost-effective and will come with an additional factor of saving time by beating traffic. It is expected to be most useful for single commuters in the city.
“Having witnessed baxis in other states, we feel that they are quite eco-friendly,” says Nabhaneel Tiwari and Vaibhav Nagesh, both students of journalism.Countering this argument, Tamanna Sahoo, 20, says, “It will be less preferred as we travel with our friends and family and are rarely alone.”
“It will be weird as Chandigarh is a small place. People have a confined mentality at places,” says Sampada Sharma, a resident of Chandigarh said in Facebook post.The idea is to have tie-ups with major taxi operators such as Uber and Ola, to ensure success of the scheme. Motorcycle owners will be able to get commercial permits and licence for two-wheeler taxis.
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