Drivers of online taxi aggregators most of the time complain that they don’t get parking facility near the station. The local cab and auto rickshaw drivers quarrel with them while picking up a passenger. But now the East Coast Railway (ECoR) is planning to give parking facility to these cabs through payment basis.
According to the plan, the cab aggregators will have to pay a little amount of money as a fee for parking at the earmarked slot of the station. An agency will be appointed by the ECoR to run the parking lot, railway sources said.
The Railway Board has asked all zonal railways to explore all possible avenues for increasing miscellaneous earning. So the ECoR has started the process to open the parking facility for the online cabs. The zone has identified Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam stations to start this facility.
The project is in planning stage. This model has been implemented in Bengaluru Central station. “We have sent three of our officers from Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar and Khurda Road to Bengaluru to study the methodology and procedure involved in the project,” said ECoR chief spokesperson J P Mishra.
Leading cab aggregators can get parking space and operate from the railway station. It will definitely give additional revenues to the Railways and become an extra facility for the passengers, said the senior railway officer.
Such facilities are existed at metro city stations. Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar, which have two entries on both sides of the railway stations, will have earmarked space for the service. As many as 20 cabs can be parked at a time in the parking lot each side of the station, official sources said.
“As of now, the project is at concept planning stage and initial field work has been done. We will wait for the committee to come back from Bengaluru and submit its feasibility report in the context of applying the Bangalore model to Bhubaneswar station,” said Mishra.
Odisha Cab Association general secretary Pradeep Mohanty said the decision taken by the railway to open the parking facility for online taxi aggregators is a welcoming step. “Now we will have a space for our cabs. The other cab or auto rickshaw drivers will not create any problem for us,” he added.
Courtesy: The Times of India