The most annoying thing that you have to face after getting down at the railway station is to book a ride for your destination. Before you decide on your travel vehicle, thousands of auto-rickshaw drivers and cab drivers gather around you and implore you to travel with them. To put an end on this chaos, Pune Railway Station has decided to give Ola Cabs a dedicated stand to park their taxis. So now you will no longer need to walk out of the station area to catch your pre-booked Ola Cab.
10 Ola cabs will remain parked in the dedicated stand from where passengers can book one by approaching a booking kiosk. Officials with Pune Division of the Central Railway said the decision to set up a stand was taken as per the directives of Railway Board. Similar stands have come up in other cities as well.
Krishnath Patil, Senior Divisional Railway Manager (DCM), Pune Division, said,
"As per the directives, we had floated open tenders to set up a stand for 10 cabs. Three firms had participated in the bidding process which was won by Ola. Under the contract, Ola will have permission to park up to 10 cabs at the stand inside the station premise and set up a kiosk from where they can be booked."
Until now, the drivers of mobile-based cab services were reluctant to enter the Pune Station area in fear of destruction caused by the union of autorickshaw drivers.
Patil on this further said,
"The move will bring relief to hundreds of passengers who chose app-based cabs for their intra-city transport. There’s no doubt that cab aggregators are in high demand for intra-city transport and Pune Station and surrounding areas are one of very busy and important destinations in the city. Since there was no arrangement for these cabs to stand inside the station and they couldn’t possibly park on the roads outside the station, it was causing inconvenience to passengers as well as service providers. This move will bring some degree of relief."
In the last two years, private cab service providers have gained considerable market share in Pune’s transport system. "Cool cabs" once offered services to commuters between Pune and Mumbai but got moved out of the station area for not paying fees to the authorities, so this stand of Cool cabs will now be given to Ola cabs.
Information source: indianexpress