Chennai-based radio taxi service gets nod to ply in Delhi; Uber awaits permit
Delhi government on Friday granted the licence to a Chennai-based cab service provider to run radio taxis in the national capital even as the decision on extending such permits to the US-based firm Uber, Taxi For Sure and another taxi service provider is yet to be taken.
New Delhi: Delhi government on Friday granted the licence to a Chennai-based cab service provider to run radio taxis in the national capital even as the decision on extending such permits to the US-based firm Uber, Taxi For Sure and another taxi service provider is yet to be taken.
According to the government, NTL Call Taxi Pvt Ltd has become the first company to procure the licence since the introduction of 'Modified Radio Taxi Scheme (2006)' and will be allowed to operate a cab service in the city.
"The government has approved the application of NTL Call Taxi Pvt Ltd for procuring licence. It has been asked to submit a bank guarantee of Rs 15 lakh within seven days," sources said.
Last month, the government had found deficiencies in the application by the US-based company Uber, which had applied through a subsidiary, Resource Expert India Pvt Ltd.
It also found deficiencies in the applications of Taxi For Sure and APRA Cabs India Pvt Ltd, which had applied for a licence under the brand name of Ola Cabs.
Government has asked these three-app based companies to furnish details to it as mentioned in the recently-introduced 'Modified Radio Taxi Scheme (2006)'.
"We are happy that our application has been approved for operating cabs in the national capital," said Sachin Malik, director of NTL Call Taxi Pvt Ltd.
Malik also said that after procuring the licence, the company will start operating its cab service within 15 days in the national capital.
Uber was banned on December 8 and blacklisted by the government after its driver allegedly raped a woman executive inside the car. The government had thereafter banned all app-based cab service providers following the outrage over the incident.
Sources said that in its application, Uber had not provided information pertaining to certificate/undertaking for parking of radio taxis, adding that it also did not mention the telephone number, e-mail address and address proof of their registered office in Delhi.