June 3, 2010 1:35:03 am
Adding to the existing fleet of air conditioned radio cabs in the city,25 vehicles were launched by Tricity Tours and Travels,who also run the Tuk Tuk radio autos,on Wednesday. Residents can call on 4242424 to book either radio cabs or autos.
The operator has launched the service with 25 cabs initially but plans to increase the fleet to 50 over the next three months. The fare remains the same at Rs 15 per kilometre.
The operator claims the vehicles are the first to be in compliance with Euro III norms and equipped with an effective air conditioning system,all power windows and a music system.
Initially,there were four operators but two opted out of the scheme claiming losses.
Admitting that the short distances in Chandigarh,unlike other cities like
Delhi,were not profitable,managing director of Tricity Tours and Travels,Colonel (Retd) V S Dhillon said,We have kept in mind the standards of services for customers and fuel efficiency before selecting the vehicles. We had to invest more in the news cabs. As it is seen,the maximum distance covered in the tricity is less than 10 kilometres and it brings the per kilometre average of a vehicle down.
The new fleet is also equipped with a global positioning device (GPS) and a panic button which sends a signal to the call centre in case of emergency.
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