It seems like North India will be the first in India to get the country's first ever pod-taxi. If happens, the pod-taxi will be a good relief from traffic problems that are faced by commuters in India on every day basis. It is expected that India's first Metrino pod-taxi line will go into construction by the end of this month.
The pod-taxi project is a ropeway based electric cable car-like system with driverless pods that run on electricity. The pods will come and go from designated stations, with around 16 stations within a stretch of 13km.
The project has got a green signal from the Central government, however the Urban Development Ministry (UD) has not passed it yet. The UD ministry has raised concerns over safety audit of the pod-taxi project.
As per a report in Business Today, UD says that the project cannot be executed until it gets ministry's clearance, considering that it a a mass rapid transit system meant for public.
The Transport Ministry, which handles National Highways Association of India (NHAI), on the other hand said that the project will help in decongestion of traffic on the NH-8, which falls under its jurisdiction. The Transport Ministry is expecting that the project will go under work as planned, either by end of July or August. As far as the finance for the project is concerned, the Transport Ministry plans to invest Rs 850 crore in this project.
The product is expected to cost around Rs 4,000 crore in the National Capital Region, and will cover a stretch of 70 km, starting from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi to Manesar in Haryana. The Transport Ministry has reportedly received four bids from several companies, including two foreign firms.