Guwahati | February 7, 2018
The Advantage Assam summit that took place in Guwahati earlier this month proved hugely beneficial for the state as well as the region. Besides signing an MoU of approximately Rs. 100,000 crore, an important development of the event was the initiation of a one of a kind river taxis in Assam.
Ola Boats are now a real thing as Bengaluru-based cab aggregator Ola had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Assam to pilot an app-based river taxi service in Guwahati, which is the financial hub of Northeast India. According to a statement from the company, this MoU was signed during the Global Investors Summit: Advantage Assam, which is currently underway in Guwahati. Transport Industry and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary along with Vijay Ghadge, Vice President Operations of Ola inked the deal.
Here are 5 things you should know about a one of a kind river taxi service in India:
#1 The river taxi service was launched in Guwahati on February 7, 2018 after an MoU was signed during the Global Investors Summit: Advantage Assam between Bengaluru-based cab aggregator Ola and government of Assam.
#2 The river taxis will be a machine-operated boat, which is faster than the ones in use and will help bring down the commute time down to 2-5 minutes from 45 minutes by road.
#3 These high-speed taxis that Ola will pilot will be high-speed taxis and will be operated on the Lachit Ghat, Machkhowa to North Guwahati route.
#4 Ola is looking to enable advance bookings and cashless payments to make bookings more convenient and streamlined by making them app-based. It is aimed at boosting and strengthening the transportation ecosystem.
#5 Ola launched its services in Assam in December 2014. With water playing an important role in cities such a Guwahati, the transport minister believes Ola will help in boosting the transportation infrastructure further.