After the toying with the idea for years, the NHAI will finally introduce pod-taxis in Gurgaon. The National Highways Authority of India will invite global bids for the project within the next two weeks. The Pod taxis are a result of a project called the Metrino-a PRT (personal rapid transit) system. In the beginning, it will span from the Gurgaon-Delhi border to Badshapur Mod on Sohna Road, a distance of 13 km and is estimated to cost Rs 850 crore.
The pods are suspended from an overhead rail and can take upto 5 passengers. For the pilot project 16 stations have been planned. The first will start near Ambience Mall. It is also possible to hire an entire pod that will take a passenger straight to the destination skipping the rest of the scheduled stops. These pods are part of a the (PRT) network. A PRT network is made up of small automated vehicles running at close intervals and docking at station for passengers to get on and off. The average speed is 60km/hr, well above the average vehicle on the road.
“Pod taxi systems are best suited for this. We are keeping our options open, though, so that private players can come up with best system, including skyrail,”
“The NHAI will roll out the project soon. We have set a target of a year. Subsequently , we could extend this to Dhaula Kuan and Manesar on each side,” said the NHAI official. The merino is expected to be built at the cost of Rs 70 crore. It is also lighter.