CHANDIGARH: From June, cycle rickshaws, named as eco-cabs, will be just a phone call away in the city. All you will have to do is use an Android application on your smart phone to avail the service. Whats more, you can even rate your favourite rickshaw puller.
A website for the eco-cabs project will be launched on Friday, while the facility launched first in the Punjab town of Fazilka -- will be available from next month. Once a database of rickshaw pullers is ready, residents will be able to use the mobile application to call them. The Municipal Corporation will oversee the project. It has already prepared a list of 169 rickshaw stands, from where the facility will be offered. Unlike the system in Fazilka that uses a call centre, the mobile application and website will be the interface to bring together the passenger and rickshaw puller.Given the large number of rickshaws in the city, preparation of the database will take some time, said a spokesperson of the eco-cab campaign.
Given the large number of rickshaws in the city, preparation of the database will take some time. Once it is ready, people can have option of several rickshaws available on call. Besides, there will be the option of choosing quality services that have been given good reviews by other users, said a spokesperson of the eco-cab campaign. The system will encourage use of environment-friendly system of commuting in the city, which has the distinction of having the highest number of cars per person in the country. A lot of people want to travel in rickshaws but it is difficult to locate one in vicinity of residential areas. Getting in direct touch with rickshaw pullers who will be provided mobile phones will solve the problem, the spokesman added.