Bangalore based cab company Ola has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Assam, in order to start a river taxi service in Guwahati. So, very soon, Ola boats will be a reality.
The MoU was signed during Advantage Assam, an ongoing Global Investors Summit in Guwahati. According to a statement issued by the company, the deal was signed between Vijay Ghadge, Vice President Operations of Ola and Transport Industry and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary.
The project is being introduced to make transport faster. The river taxis, which will be machine operated boats, will cut down the travel time from 45 mins by road to 2-5 mins. These high-speed river taxis will operate on the Lachit Ghat, Machkhowa to North Guwahati route.
In order to make the app more convenient, Ola will enable cashless payments and advance booking of the river taxis. With this project, the transport company and the Assam government want to boost the transport ecosystem.
Talking about this ambitious project, Vijay Ghadge said, "Convenience and safety of the commuters are paramount to us. Our aim is to stand out as a reliable choice of transportation for the country. Our intent is reflected in all our partnerships with various state governments across transportation and tourism. As a part of this endeavour, we are delighted to partner and work with the Government of Assam to enhance and empower the local transportation infrastructure.”
It was in 2014 that the Ola taxi service was started in Assam. Water plays an important role in cities like Guwahati and with the transport minister believes that the river taxi project will help boost the state’s transport infrastructure.
“This time around, we are thrilled to extend the partnership with Ola to pilot app-based water taxis in the capital city. We are certain that bringing a localised mode of commute on an app platform will enable convenient transportation for citizens and tourists alike, and we look forward to more such collaborations with Ola," Ghadge added.
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