Women-run taxi service has been flagged off at the Kempegowda International Airport, today. The airport said in a statement that “The women drivers will be fluent in multiple languages, well versed with local areas and trained in self-defence tactics to strengthen the safety and security of women passengers.”
The tech hub’s airport is located in Devanahalli which is about 40 km distance from the city centre.
The taxi service was started by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corp (KSTDC) and the airport operating authority Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL).
There will be various kind of safety features in the cab such as GPRS tracking and SOS switch to ensure the safety and suitable for any kind of emergency situations.
The statement said, “The initiative, which has been started on an experimental basis, will commence with 10 cars and gradually increase based on demand and passenger feedback.”
The pink cab service will be available for 24 hours. It will cost Rs. 21.50 per km during the day and 23.50 per km at night.
KSTDC Managing Director Kumar Pushkar said that “The service has been implemented with an objective to provide a safe and secure mode of transport for women travelers from the airport, while also creating opportunities for women drivers to be self-employed.”
BIAL said, “The initiative is an effort to contribute to the socio-economic development of women from villages around the airport by recruiting women drivers from the vicinity.”