Bike taxis, a new concept that has been creating a buzz across the world, have received the Haryana government's approval and will soon be seen driving around Gurgaon. According to a report in Hindustan Times, the regional transport authority has given the approval to a private entity for the debut of the aforementioned service in Gurgaon.
One must note, after Goa, Haryana becomes the second state to approve bike taxis in India. Globally, this service is offered in several countries Sweden, China, Cameroon, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Brazil.
Baxi, the operating agency owned by a Gurgaon-based company, intends to cater to daily travelers looking to commute to their respective destinations from metro stations and bus stops.
Ashutosh Johri, an IIT-Delhi alumnus and managing director of the company, said, "Our pilots (drivers) will be trained in hygiene, etiquette, safety and other aspects to make passengers comfortable with using our service. They will carry helmets and hair nets for pillion riders. Our bikes will be easily visible from a distance and all our pilots will be wearing uniforms."
The bike taxi service, with 100 motorcycles in its fleet, will be launched by the end of November.
NCR continues to struggle with congested roads despite the presence of the Delhi Metro and initiatives like Car Free Day. Perhaps the introduction of such services, even if one region at a time, may contribute towards the resolution of this issue that has the tendency to become a nightmare during rush hours.