The odd-even scheme is all set to roll out in Delhi NCR this new year on a 15-day trial basis. In order to make the maximum out of this odd-even scheme, popular ride sharing apps have geared themselves to provide carpooling services across Delhi-NCR.
While an independent app called Odd Even Ride was launched not long back; Ola too jumped in with its own private car-pooling services recently. Also, there’s BlaBla and Shuttl which provide car-pooling and bus services in Delhi-NCR.
All these apps can be downloaded for free and commuters can login to find the nearest riders going in the same direction as them for carpooling. Through Ola, one can also maintain a friends list of people they know, and travel with them.
The app works on the same lines as any other carpooling app, except that it shows rides based on vehicle numbers apart from proximity. Users will need to register with their names, mobile number, destination, time etc apart from vehicle number. It also prompts in to fill in their gender as well. Also, users can select to show their details to same gender or everyone, so as a woman if you only want to share cars with other women, then that option is available.
Once, the details are processed, the app shows odd, even riders around you based on what day it is. In my case, I tried the app two days before the scheme launches and it showed me a list of even drivers. Owners of two-wheelers can also register themselves for sharing rides.
Ola Cab share
Ola has introduced a car-pooling feature where commuters can register to offer and share free rides with others. It prompts you to enter your car details including registration number to either offer to or share a ride with other people.
Ola also comes with a ‘Share’ option for car-pooling. At the time of your first ride, you can choose to ride with everyone, office colleagues or create a group of your own. The booking process more or less remains the same. You enter the pick-up and drop location; Ola will show you the fare charges and will message the driver’s details once you confirm the ride.
The app did not tell me how many people are travelling with me at the time of booking but messaged me the driver’s number. I paid Rs 181 for a trip from Noida to Green Park in the morning at 9:30 am. Ola also has a shuttle bus service, which is new at this point of time and does not come up with many locations for commuting.
BlaBla car is another app that lets you car-pool with other people. In the app, users can enter their location and destination, and the service will reflect a list of people who you can share the ride with.
The service does not have any listed drivers. Users who wish to pool in with other people post sharing requests on the app. One can reach from Noida to Green Park in somewhere between Rs 30 to Rs 50.
The biggest advantage to the service is that one can comfortably reach his/her destination without having to change multiple public transports. It is well-suited for office-goers who intend to travel regularly and comfortably without shelling out too much money.
Shuttl offers short distance services for people who want to skip travelling in crowded buses or share autos to reach their desired locations.It presently functions on 15 routes in Noida and Gurgaon.
The air-conditioned mini buses mostly ply from metro stations to popular office areas nearby. Some of the popular routes include HUDA City Center metro station to Medanta, Sector-32, Noida City Centre to Fortis Hospital etc. The bus stops at fixed points to pick up other users en route. They charge a minimum of Rs 20 or more depending upon the distance.
Uber also has a similar service, wherein the app connects to people going in the same direction.