The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Wednesday launched a pilot project in a bid to boost the last mile connectivity for the commuters of Delhi Metro. DMRC has tied-up with the two major cab aggregators Ola and Uber.
The two companies have set up kiosks at several metro stations to provide booking facilities for the commuters. Commuters will also get information regarding the booking status and location of already booked cabs through these kiosks.
Currently, Uber has set up such kiosks at Dwarka Sec-21 and Sikanderpur Metro stations. And Ola has kiosks at MG Road and Noida Sec-18 metro stations. Both Ola and Uber have kiosks at Rajiv Chowk metro station, which links Blue Line with Yellow Line.
Signages will be displayed inside and outside the Metro stations to inform the commuters about the new facility introduced by DMRC.
Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC inaugurated the kiosks at Dwarka Sector-21 and Rajiv Chowk Metro stations. He said that the agenda of DMRC is to provide seamless mobility to commuters by providing access to feeder transportation. Singh claimed that this collaboration will encourage more and more people to use the Metro because of the last mile connectivity.
Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Officer, Asia Pacific, Uber, said the move will alleviate the need for parking and will make first and last mile connectivity more seamless for the commuters.
DMRC plans to give empty spaces at almost all Metro stations to the cab aggregators for catering the last mile needs of the commuters. 400 such empty spots have been identified at 210 Metro stations on the Delhi Metro.
Soon, an open tender scheme will be launched through which the allotment of these empty spots would be done.
In recent years, DMRC has collaborated with several private operators to provide the last mile connectivity solutions through e-rickshaw and bicycle sharing services.