YEIDA Approves ₹810 Crore Noida Pod Taxi Project DPR
Noida, India (Urban Transport News): The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) Board of Directors has given approval to the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Rs 810-crore Noida Taxi pod project which is planned to link Greater Noida to the airport international from Noida to Jewar. The DPR has been prepared and submitted by Indian Port Rail and Ropeway Corporation Limited (IPRRC).
On February 22, 2022, a meeting was held between the officials of YEIDA and IPRRC at the authority office in the Omega 1 sector and it was decided to launch a tender to select an agency for the construction of this project which should be completed by September 2024.
“We have reduced the stations because the layout of the airport has changed. We have added Sector 31 and 32 industrial land with airport to expand the aviation hub area. As a result, we have reduced the number of stations from 17 to 12. Now the DPR is finalized and we will approve it at our board meeting after March 10 when the Model Election Code of Conduct ends said Arun Vir Singh, Chief Executive Director, YEIDA.
Saleint features of the Pod Taxi project
- According to the DPR, the driverless pod taxi in Noida will have 12 stations between Noida International Airport and Film City in Sector 21 of Noida. The 12 Pod Taxi stations will likely be built at Film City, Noida Sector 34, Rabupura Village, Toy Park, junction of Noida Sectors 28 and 33, Apparel Park, junction of Noida Sectors 29 and 32 (on a road of 100m wide), Noida Sector 29, MSME Park, junction of Noida Sectors 29 and 32 (on a 75m wide road), and Handicraft Park.
- The taxi fare is likely to be charged at Rs 8 per km.
- To build the project, elevated tracks were finalized at a height of 12m on the 100m road crossing the sectors. The route has been planned by sectors so that users can easily find and comfortably use the Pod taxi stations.
- Taxi pod rides will be available at a frequency of every 20 seconds.
- Driverless Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) or pod taxis could be considered for last mile connectivity of passengers traveling to and from the future Noida International Airport.
- High-tech pod taxis, used in several Western countries, are economical, environmentally friendly and practical.
Development works of the first phase of Noida International Airport at Jewar are ongoing. Greenfield Airport is being developed in four phases and will be the largest when completed with five or six runways spread over an area of 5,000 hectares.