Thursday, April 30, 2009

Call/SMS 9844112233 for an auto from June

Call/SMS 9844112233 for an auto from June
Deepa Bhasthi | TNN

Bangalore: An old initiative is being dusted off and will soon see the light of day. Several thousands of daily commuters could breathe a collective sigh of relief, for hailing an autorickshaw is being simplified.
Easy Auto was an initiative announced in 2007 where people could call, SMS or book an autorickshaw online. Delay in licences put the project on the back burner. From the first week of June, armed with the licence, the project will be re-launched with 250 autos and over 3,000 registered users.
Padmasree Harish, CEO, Internet World Wide, which is starting Easy Auto, told TOI that the Indiranagar RTO cleared the pending licences. Part of B-TRAC, Easy Auto will be a callan-auto service where people can call
or SMS a number and a call centre will
track the nearest registered auto which will be fitted with a GPS device. “We
have a database of 250 registered auto
drivers. For the first 2-3 months, people can register on our website and avail the service by calling the 30-line mobile number. Later, even unregistered commuters can use it,” she said.
The transport department and the traffic police will give ground support for the project. Transport commissioner Bhaskar Rao said this would bridge the last-mile connectivity and avoid dry runs of autos. “We’ll be connecting auto drivers and passengers and this will ensure less harassment and more convenience for both,” he added.
Call/SMS 9844112233


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