Unhappy over Ola and Uber and other app-based aggregators eating into their business, auto-rickshaw drivers in Bengaluru are now planning to launch their own mobile applications.
Mobile app to compete with Ola and Uber
The Autorickshaw Drivers Union (ARDU) along with Nandan Nilekani-backed Beckn Foundation plans to launch the Namma Yatri app on November 1, reported Times Of India.
ARDU president D Rudramurthy speaking to TOI said, “App-based aggregators charge Rs 100 minimum fare from customers and give Rs 60 to drivers and take the remaining Rs 40 as commission. Drivers are ready to ply for Rs 40. After they hiked fares, there was a drop in customers by 50 percent – 60 percent. We’re losing customers. Now, only those who want to travel for emergencies and those without vehicles are forced to pay this rate.”
He further revealed that they had complained to the transport department but there’s been no action taken against aggregators yet. “Our union plans to launch the Namma Yatri app from November 1. We’ll follow the government-fixed fare and collect an additional Rs 10 as pick-up charges. We also plan to launch a flat Rs 40 fare in a 2km radius between Metro stations and residence/office”.
The Beckn Foundation
In 2021, the Kerala Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) and Beckn Foundation together launched the Yatra App in Kochi as a component of the open mobility network.
Customers are eager about the possibility of this concept, but previous failed attempts to introduce app-based taxi services in the city only serve to increase skepticism. A similar attempt was made to release an app called Namma TYGR JD in 2017 but the launch was unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, the minimum auto rate in Bengaluru is set at Rs. 30 for the first 2 km and Rs. 15 for each extra kilometer. Passengers protest the Rs 100 minimum fare for autos that app-based aggregators charge.