The Uttar Pradesh government will start “pod taxi” service to connect Greater Noida to the Noida International Airport in Jewar. The Yamuna Expressway and Eastern Peripheral Expressway has been asked to rope in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the project.
What is a “pod taxi”?
Popular in many western countries, a “pod taxi” is a driverless car that can accommodate up to six people comfortably and improve connectivity to remote areas. In 2016, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched pilot project for pod taxis at the cost of Rs 800 crore. The taxis would run from Delhi to Gurugram.
Jewar BJP MLA Dhirendra Singh said metro connectivity was available till Greater Noida but Jewar airport was about 25 kilometers from Greater Noida city. Pod taxis were considered to bridge the gap. The MLA further said that pod taxis were a revolutionary mode of transport widely used in western countries. The pod taxi service will be started under PRT – Personal Rapid Transit system.
Who will develop the airport?
Recently the greenfield airport at Jewar was named Noida International Airport. The Yamuna International Airport Private Limited will build and operate the airport. The contract for building and operating the airport for 40 years has been awarded to Zurich Airport International AG (ZAIA). The construction of the airport will complete in four years in the first phase.
The contract was awarded in November 2019 and the Union ministry of home affairs provided security clearance to start work on the airport in May 2020. A new film city is also proposed in Jewar.