Ola expands platform to include erickshaws in NCR
New Delhi: After expanding into bike taxis recently, SoftBank-backed taxi aggregator Ola has now expanded its platform to include erickshaws. The company has started booking of erickshaws in the National Capital Region with 5,000 rickshaws. The rickshaws are being provided in partnership with Bhartiya Micro Credit (BMC) and will be deployed across Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad. Going forward the company plans to further scale up its offering to include existing erickshaws as well as add new capacity to the pool. The company is betting on small towns and Tier-3 cities to scale up this service since a majority of the demand for erickshaws is estimated to come from these centres. The company will charge a 10% commission from the rickshaw pedallers. It will, however, not charge any convenience fee from users as is the case with autorickshaws. While the fare will differ from city to city, users will have to pay .₹ 25 for two kms and .₹ 8 per km for the following distance.
The service is likely to begin from next week in NCR. The service was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Stand Up India event in Noida on Tuesday.
PM Narendra Modi flagged off the service during the Stand Up India event in Noida