Delhi Government to launch PoochO app for booking auto rikshaw and taxi

PoochO app will help the commuters giving up private cars as an effect of the odd-even rule. 6,000 extra buses will also be run during the 15 day trial.

PoochO Logo

PoochO Logo

Delhi Government is trying to the implement the odd-even rule as effectively as possible. The State Government is doing everything it can to ensure the convenience of the commuters. It recently announced that additional 6,000 buses will be run during the 15 day trial. The frequency of metro will also be increased along with more auto rikshaws and taxis. The trial will begin from January 1 and will last till the 15th. Another initiative by the Delhi Government for the commuters’ convenience is the PoochO app.

The Android application will bring all auto rikshaws and taxis together. The app can be used to book auto rikshaw or taxi using smartphone just like private cabs like Uber, Ola, etc. According to Gopal Rai, Transport Minister, the app will be launched on December, 22. A Car-Free Day will be organized on Vikas Marg in East Delhi’s Lakshmi Nagar area on same day. A cycle rally will also be organized on that day itself.

PoochO will include 80,000 auto rikshaws and 30,000 taxis operating in the capital. The App will detect the location of the user by the Global Positioning System or the GPS. The user can then select the nearest the driver on the maps. The taxis and auto rikshaws will also require GPS to be added in PoochO. A meeting was held between the leaders of auto rikshaw and taxi drivers’ unions and the Transport Ministry to add as much as drivers as possible in the app for the convenience of the commuters.

PoochO booking through GPS

“Under PoochO app, we will launch two separate Apps, one for passengers and another one for drivers. Government will run an awareness campaign for drivers of taxis and autos to register themselves before December 22. They can send their details on mobile number 9958694311 for their registration,” Rai told a press conference here.

“In today’s meeting, we have also asked auto and taxi drivers to be in queue at ‘Halt & Go’ stands so that traffic could not be disturbed on roads,” he said.

PoochO was launched in July last year by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to help people book a ride for themselves. The users were given access to the DIMTS database of drivers’ mobile numbers. So that they can call the drivers and book a ride.

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