Bihar Tourism Development Cporpration has started Radio Taxi services in order to promote the tourism in the state. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi flagged off about 50 radio taxis on Sunday. This service has been made on Public Private Partnership with Flexitex and Leeway and will be available initially in Patna and some other selected nearby places. To start with Flitex will ply 30 taxis and Lee Way 20. Of these 50 taxis, 30 have all-India permit.
Each taxi will have a GPS system for tracking the location of the taxi and payment could be made through credit and debit cards. All the air-conditioned vehicles will have other provisions like electronic meter to avoid excess billing, panic button, newspapers and music system.
“The number of tourists is increasing every year and there was demand for radio taxi. We advertised inviting agencies and finally two agencies have been selected,” the Tourism Minister,Sunil Kumar Pinto said.
Under this scheme, these agencies will be provided separate phone numbers and the tourists can ask for taxi, which will have an all-India permit and can be taken to anywhere within the state and the country.