| A Nano taxi plies on Fraser Road in Patna. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Ten more Nano taxis would hit the city streets this month, increasing the Quick Cab fleet strength to 30.
Quick Cab, the Nano taxi service provider, rolled out 20 vehicles this January providing round-the-clock service to the residents of the city. Warm response from the people primarily because of lower rates compared to other taxi services prompted the service provider’s decision to add 10 more vehicles from the third week of this month.
In sharp contrast, Radio Taxi and prepaid three-wheeler services have failed to gain popularity in the city so far.
Quick Cab director A.K. Singh told The Telegraph: “We have got a very good response ever since we have launched this service in the city. We used to get 15 to 20 customers a day when we started. Now, the number of customers hiring our taxis has gone up to 180 to 200 people a day.”
He said: “Such a tremendous response prompted me to roll out 10 more Nano taxis by the third week of this month. The demand for Quick Cab has increased and we have taken the decision to live up to the expectations of the people.”
One can book a Quick Cab taxi dialling 9798999000. Within 20 minutes of booking, the vehicle is supposed to reach the desired destination. Equipped with global positioning system (GPS) devices, the movement of Nano cabs are monitored from the service control room.
Singh ruled out any major change in fare despite the Quick Cab service gaining popularity. He said: “We have only increased the AC taxi fare from Rs 12 per km to Rs 15 per km from April 1. I am feeling proud to say that at present we have 4,000 regular customers. In the next six months, I am targeting to touch at least 10,000 customers and would not mind to roll out more cabs in the process.”
A customer has to pay Rs 125 for booking a Quick Cab taxi in daytime. Between 9pm and 6am, the charge is Rs 200.
Commuters have to pay Rs 12 per km for non-AC vehicles and Rs 15 per km for AC cabs. The waiting charge is Rs 50 for every half-an-hour.
Most of the other taxi service providers in the city charge Rs 750 (up to 35 km) for booking and Rs 7.50 per km for non-AC vehicles and Rs 8.50 per km for AC cabs.
Lauding the Quick Cab taxi service, East Lohanipur resident Dharmendra Kumar said: “I find the Quick Cab taxi service reasonable. Its fare is not exorbitant. I felt cheated when other taxi service providers charged me Rs 800 for dropping me at the airport, barely 12km from my house. The Quick Cab charges just around Rs 300 for the same distance.”
Sharing his Quick Cab experience, Kankerbagh resident Rahul Saxena said: “I find the drivers of Quick Cab taxis better trained and sophisticated.”