Radio Tuk Tuk Auto Service in Gurgaon (Harayana): Call 0124-2343434

Beginning Monday, Gurgaon will become the first in the national capital region (NCR) to have a CNG-run radio auto-rickshaw service. The residents of Gurgaon will be able to summon auto-rickshaws to their doorstep by simply making a phone call. The service provider has fixed the fares to different destinations in advance, which will prevent the auto drivers from fleecing unwary passengers. The service has been named Radio Tuk Tuk (after the famous Tuk Tuk auto-rickshaws of Bangkok) and is a brainchild of Sulabh Mehra, a 25-year tech-savvy resident of Palam Vihar.

The auto-on-call service starts with 50 hi-tech auto-rickshaws fitted with panic button, mobile charger, GPS (global positioning system) and autofire cut-off system. Twenty Tuk Tuk stands have also been set up for these new age auto-rickshaws. "The Tuk Tuks will be available within a maximum of 1520 minutes between 6.30am and 11.30pm once a call is made to the centralised number 01242343434," said Mehra adding, "We will charge a minimum of R50 for the first three kilometres and R8 extra for each additional kilometre travelled."

The brainchild of a 25-yearold resident of Palam Vihar, Sulabh Mehra, this auto-on-call service starts with 50 high-tech autorickshaws -fitted with panic button, mobile charger, GPS and auto fire cut-off system. The timings of the service will be from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm. At present, there is no metered autorickshaw facility in Gurgaon, which has point-topoint shared autorickshaws being plied by individuals and small-time operators.

The authorities have no control on the fare charged by these autorickshaws. The drivers employed by the company, Radio Tuk Tuk, are said to be well-trained by the auto-manufacturing company, TVS, on road rules and etiquette. "The Tuk Tuks would be parked at all corners of the city for ensuring that the passengers of the entire city are covered and the service reaches them in 15-20 minutes," said Mehra.