A committee appointed by the Delhi CM is examining proposals pertaining to the procurement of AC buses, Kaali-Peeli taxi and app based cab sharing. They shall submit their report within two weeks.
The Delhi Government is likely to take a final decision on some key policies related to the public transport system of the city. These policies pertain to app based cab sharing and Kaali -Peeli taxis, among others.
Two days ago, the state government had instituted a five member special committee including Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, Principal Secretary (finance), S N Sahai and Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to make a complete blueprint of the key transport projects that have been in the pipeline for sometime. The panel has committed to submit its report with recommendations within two weeks.
“The committee has been formed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday. It will examine three proposals. These proposals pertain to the procurement of AC buses, Kaali-Peeli taxi and app based cab sharing,” informed Nagender Sharma, a Delhi government spokesperson.
Earlier in November, the cab sharing policy proposed by the government had faced severe criticism for its ambiguity. The ‘Licensing and Regulation of App-based Cab Aggregators’ rules 2017 will be one of the key proposals that will be reviewed by the panel.
“The committee will review the cab sharing policy and decide whether at all cab sharing should be allowed in the city. It will also fix a maximum fare and cab operators who charge beyond that fare will be heavily penalised,” Sharma said.
The app-based A C Bus service project, for which the government had prepared a draft in July 2017 will also be examined. The committee is also likely to decide modalities like minimum and maximum fare, size and number of buses and routes.
The third policy is ‘City Taxi Scheme’ the draft for which had been prepared in April 2017. As per the policy draft, all taxis operating under the scheme shall sport an LCD display panel on their top . As per the transport department’s recommendation, this LCD display should be green when the cab is available for commuters and red when it is already booked.