After the National Highways Authority of India prepared the ground for India’s first personal rapid transit (PRT) network in Gurgaon, Dehradun has made a bid for pod taxies. PRT comprises pods that are hung from an overhead rail. Every pod can accommodate five persons.
The Dehradun Development Authority has sent its proposal for pod taxies to the Centre and is awaiting a response thereof, said official sources. If and when constructed in Uttarakhand’s capital city, PRT would give big fillip not only to its infrastructure but also to its image. Pod taxies, with an average speed of 60 km/hour, would be part of the smart cities initiative.
While officials were tight-lipped about the cost of Dehradun PRT, one can have an idea about the cost form the Gurgaon project. The 13-km pilot project, between the Gurgaon-Delhi border and Badshapur Mod on Sohna Road, has cost in the region of Rs 850 crore.