Having reaching new heights in the taxi market with the app based transport provider, Ola and Uber are looking to enter the bus transport segment in Kolkata. Nearly 70% of the commuters use the bus to travel everyday, this gives a scope for both the app-based aggregators to increase its presence in the city.
Both of them are keen to aggregate commuters and chartered buses onto their app-based platform. The Kolkata transport department realises it will provide multiple solution to the commuters and is ready to amend the Motor Vehicle Act, say sources. Currently aggregators are allowed to carry four passengers per vehicle and the department is looking to change it. Ola is looking to start operations in the coming three months.
Both these aggregators will not own any buses, however, will be utilising available commuter and chartered busses, these are contract carriages. These buses are usually in good condition and are air-conditioned, if the department gives a go ahead, then the buses will come fitted with GPRS as they need to be tracked. All who download the app will be able to track the movement, estimated times of arrival and also the availability of the buses.
The department is looking to decongest the city traffic caused by four-wheelers, which carry fewer passengers and occupy most of the space available on the road, these app based transport system can assure seat and the luxury of knowing the availability of the buses. This would mean people using the car will look towards using the buses instead. They will ply the buses in peak hour as there is heavy demand.