India is ready to launch its first pod taxi project in Gurgaon, Haryana. The Gurgaon pod taxis will cover routes from Gurugram to Delhi.
Pod Taxis are detachable mini vehicles used as a public transit system. They are suspended from an overhead rail.
Pod cars accommodate a limited number of passengers. They carry about 3-5 passengers.
The proposed first Indian pod taxis run on electricity and moves on an aerial tramway.
It elevates to a 5-10 metre height range and descends at designated stations. The Gurgaon pod taxis cover about 60 km per hour.
Pod cars are used in cities of some developed countries of the world. For instance they are used in Heathrow Airport, London; conveying passengers from the terminals to the passenger car park.
India is working on a project that will provide about 200 pod taxis. They are estimated to convey about 100, 000 passengers on daily basis. The project was approved in March and will kick off in earnest by next month.
The Indian government has mapped out about Rs850 Crores ($8.5 billion) for the pilot project of the Gurgaon pod taxis. The first phase of it will cover about 13 km stretch from Gurgaon-Delhi border to Badshapur Mod with the erection of 16 stations.
According to India’s Transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday, the capital cost of the pod taxi project is Rs50 crore($500 million) per km, while for the metro it is Rs250 crore ($2.5 billion) per km. In all the project will take up a whooping investment worth of Rs4,000 crore ($40 billion).
The minister said the Gurgaon pod taxis will help to solve traffic problems by decongesting the roads. He says that the government is still surveying the technical bids. After which they will move on to the financial bids.
“We have received four bids from several companies, including two foreign firms. The bids are being scrutinised. The contract will be awarded after a formal decision is taken.”