Mumbai’s kaalipeelis taxis to take on Uber-ola by launching their own app

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Mumbai city’s two major taxi unions have prepared an app, called 9211 Cabs, through which kaalipeelis (black-and-yellow taxis) can be booked just like aggregator cabs such as Uber and Ola. The app will be launched by the month end. The app has security features like tracking and an SOS button for police response, especially for women travelling alone as reported by TOI.

“All kali-peeli drivers (totalling 35,000 in MMR) will be asked to enrol for the app, which ideally should be used by customers to book taxis across the city ,” said Prem Singh, leader, Mumbai Taxi Association. “We will provide you service at the doorstep.”

The charge will be Rs 5 for Rs 50-100 and Rs 10 for above Rs 100, a source said.

Malay Kothari, whose firm developed the app, said, “We will be able to handle 20,000 cabbies in the first phase. All drivers on board will have background checks done; we will procure copies of their permits and also check their badges. The drivers will be trained on how to handle the app. Initially, payment will be by cash, but we will soon introduce online options.”

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