Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and in just two year, Delhi is planning to implement pod taxi. Vasant Kunj may become Delhi’s first locality to get pod cabs. Pods are a quicker and more personal mode of transport. Pod cabs in Delhi will connect various parts of Vasant kunj with Vasant Vihar via Nelson Mandela Marg and Aurobindo Marg near Andheria Morh. Delhi Government has already got a detailed report from the Transport Department for approval.
Pad taxis are small electric cars which run on a dedicated tracks and seating’s range from two to 10 commuters. Pods were first introduced in Morgantown in 1975, which is located in the US stated of West Virginia and this mode of transportation is famous in various parts of the globe. Haryana government in India is currently doing a feasibility study for Gurgaon. Dwarka, Karol Bagh, Delhi University and east Delhi areas are some areas where Delhi transport Department is planning to implement the Pod Taxis concept.
Officials said that Vasant Kunj was choosen from a list of 20 areas in Delhi to intall this futuristic mode of transportation. Installing Pod in Delhi is not a small task but if everything goes according to plan, Delhi will have its own pod cabs in just two years from now. Vasant kunj, one of Delhi’s upscale market/residential area was choose by the Delhi Transport Department to be it first location. According to officials, Vasant Kunj is the best location where a facility like pod cars would be highly successful.
Delhi has experience huge change in the mode of transportation, all for better and the installation of Metro Train in December 2002 has made commuting in the Capital much more convenient. With the funky colored air conditioned buses, commuting in Delhi has never been better. Pod cabs which are small personalised, pilot-less taxis and ply on rails or suspended on elevated track will be the latest edition to Delhi’s Transport. Pods will have a carrying capacity of some 4,000-5,000 passengers per hour, per direction, at a speed of 40-70km an hour and will cost around rupees 8 per ride.
A senior official said that “The system is suitable for a locality where people have paying capacity. It will not only serve as a local transport system within the Vasant Kunj area, but will also act as a feeder service to the Metro network at Andheria Morh (Central Secretariat Line) and Vasant Vihar (Janakpuri-Noida Line),“ UK-based Ultra Fairwood Limited, who are conducting a study for the project in Gurgaon -and MISTER Personal Rapid Transit System have already stated their intention to construct and operate the system in Delhi are some shortlisted companies who will work on the construction as according to an Official.