Delhi-Gurgaon Metrino | India’s first Pod Taxi on the way

Here is everything you must know about the pod taxi system and its significance.

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Delhi-Gurgaon Pod Taxi Project
Delhi-Gurgaon Pod Taxi Project (Representative Image)
Due to the increasing population of the metropolitan cities, the traffic jam is a co mon sight in big cities. As these big cities have many options to earn, so many people rush towards these cities for possibilities of good jobs. Other than this the cities itself have so many permanent citizens also. And with all these, the human and the vehicular traffic is also increasing. The main cause for all these traffic jams is also that everyone nowadays wants to have their own vehicles and besides that, there are many people who have more than 1 or 2 vehicles of their own and all these leads to add fuel to the fire.

Another big reason is that the public does not have any sense of proper traffic rules. To reduce all these traffic congestions the Indian government is now planning to introduce pod taxi in India. Pod taxi’s, pod cars also referred to as personal rapid transit (PRT) is a type of public transport. It is a small vehicle which carries 3-6 passengers at a time. The PTR is currently working in Morgantown in West Virginia since 1975. Now the government is planning to start it in India too as the traffic jams are the biggest problems in urban areas nowadays.

Pod Taxi (PRT)
Pod Taxi (PRT)

What is Personal Rapid Transit System

  • Sized for individual or small group travel, personal rapid transit (PRT) is a transport mode combining small automated vehicles, known as pods, operating on a network of specially built guideways.
  • The network consists of a number of stations or stops for passengers to get on and get off.
  • The personal rapid transit system consists of driverless vehicles in the shape of pods, which can hold two to six people each, and run along a predetermined course at 80-130 km per hour.

In December 2017, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had called the expression of interest (EOI) for launching India’s first driverless pod taxi systems on a 70 km stretch from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi to Manesar in Haryana. Three companies have submitted their EOI and bids for this project will be finalized soon. Pod taxi is basically an advanced public transport which is mainly for the services of small groups of travelers. It will work electronically. In India, it will work on the roadways upon the bridges. This will be a high-speed vehicle which will be beneficial for the traffic jams and moreover it will be driverless too.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been ordered to start it on Delhi-Gurugram route(12.30km) Delhi – Haryana border to Gurugram Rajeev Chowk. This will benefit a lot in Delhi traffic jams. This project is estimated to be of Rs. 4,000 crore. The entire project of Pod Taxi has been set up from Delhi’s Dhaula Kuan to Manesar. The public and private sector have been said to invest in this project. This pod taxi project is mainly a dream project of road transport highway minister Nitin Gadkari. In this project for technical and safety standards, a five-member committee has been set up and this project is headed by SK Dharamadhikari. The pod taxi will follow the American standards of safety which are laid by the American society of civil engineers. These taxies will use the Automated People Mover (APM) standards which includes the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the various sub-systems of the APM systems.

We recently tested planes that can run on water. I call it a flying boat, while the aviation ministry calls it a seaplane. It is my dream to see seaplanes running like taxis do in India said Nitin Gadkari Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Govt. of India.

We recently tested planes that can run on water. I call it a flying boat, while the aviation ministry calls it a seaplane. It is my dream to see seaplanes running like taxis do in India said Nitin Gadkari Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Govt. of India.

This taxi will perform various functions like arrival audio and visual warning, platform stopping, CCTV surveillance, and break down vehicles. The average speed of the pods is 60 kilometer per hour. The work on the Delhi-Gurgaon Pod Taxi corridor will be carried on Public-Private Partnership (PPP mode) as a pilot project The pod taxies will cover head network which is usually about 5-10 meters above the ground. These taxi’s and the networks are designed in a way that they will not be affected by adverse weather conditions. They will be able to move along dense crowded and congested roads and localities. Sources said that there is a plan to run 800 to 1100 pod taxies / PRT cars in the first year so that 38 thousand people can travel in one hour. This service will be without extra burden on people’s pockets. It saves fuel, cost of transportation, pollution and it will be fully air-conditioned.

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