Pod taxi lessons from London and South Korea to come to Noida
In order to achieve better connectivity at the Noida International Airport in Jewar with Film City in Sector 21, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is gearing up to study a personal rapid transit (PRT) system operating in Abu Dhabi (Masdar City), London (Heathrow airport) and Korea (Suncheon). This will be India’s first pod taxi project.
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For the project, Indian Port Rail and Ropeway Corporation Limited (IPRRCL) need to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) along with contacting agencies of Abu Dhabi, London and South Korea that are running their PRT systems.
Currently, IPRRCL has been written to these agencies and is asking for all the details regarding their system. YEIDA officer on special duty (OSD) Shailendra Bhatia said, “IPRRCL has sent its DPR to these agencies abroad and sought their inputs on whether it is in tandem with their facilities. Officials will also visit the three countries and include the best practices after gaining first-hand experience.”
Last year, the draft of the DPR was sent to the state government’s PPP (public-private partnership) bid evaluation committee to get their final approval. The committee asked YEIDA if they have done a proper evaluation for such kind of transport system in other countries such as London or Abu Dhabi.
This is so because the system of pod taxis has never been done before in India. The authority has received details to contact the agencies abroad. The biggest problem arising in India is the requirement of land for such taxis. “We already have 75-meter-wide roads for this system, which will come up on the central verge. There is every possibility that this service will be successful in Jewar as it will provide service to a dedicated group of commuters who will come directly from the airport to International Film City. Also, the alignment of this 14.6-km-long route is such that it will pass through many industrial and residential sectors in the vicinity,” he added.