Ludhiana has air-conditioned taxi service

June 22nd, 2009 - 8:47 pm ICT by ANI  

By Karan Kapoor

Ludhiana, June 22 (ANI): An air-conditioned Radio taxi service has been introduced in Ludhiana, which makes it the third city after Mohali and Amritsar to have such a facility in Punjab.

Air-conditioned radio cabs will now ensure a comfortable journey in Ludhiana. The new service was recently flagged off by Punjab’s transport minister Master Mohan Lal. The service can be availed by just dialling 4141414 anytime of the day and within no time a metered taxi will arrive to take you to your destination. “We have launched this service to provide commuters hassle-free traveling. It is already running successfully in cities such as Amritsar, Chandigarh, Mohali and Patiala,” said Master Mohan Lal, State transport minister of Punjab.

The reliable Mega Cabs offer perfect transport metering system and point-to-point charges of 3 USD per km fixed by the Punjab government. Each cab has been fitted electronic tamper-proof meters ensuring accurate billing of passenger ride. The service is available within a radius of 25 miles covering places like Khanna, Jagraon, Malerkotla and Phagwara. Ludhiana is an industrial hub and it entertains business travellers from Punjab and from across India. Commuting within the city was a major problem for visitors. The launch of the radio taxi service will hopefully solve this problem. “I have come from Delhi. When I came out of the station I saw that mega cab, whose service were started from today so I thought why not enjoy the service. The rates are very reasonable. It costs only 15 rupees per kilometer. There is a big problem of parking in Ludhiana,” said Jasminder Singh, a visitor. “Ludhiana will benefit a lot from this service. It is an international hub where sewing machine, cycle parts and hosiery industry has a very big market. Whenever we go be it Delhi or Mumbai, taxi service is available at a call. Now we can also avail of this service in Ludhiana,” said Harinder Pal, a resident.

Punjab Government’s main agenda is to improve public transport in the state. Such radio taxi services will shortly be launched in other cities like Jalandhar. The transport ministry also intends to transform at least 50 per cent of the busses of the Punjab transport into air-conditioned vehicles as well as construction of ultra modern air-conditioned bus stands at Mohali, Patiala and Bathinda. (ANI)

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