Indian cab-hailing company Ola has signed a Memorandul of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Assam to pilot an app-based river taxi service in Northeast India's financial hub Guwahati.
Ola launched in the state of Assam in December 2014. According to the MOU, bringing water taxis on the online platform, a localised and key mode of commute in the capital city will further strengthen the transportation ecosystem.
The river taxis will be a machine-operated boat, which promise to be faster and safer than the conventional ones. Ola will pilot high-speed taxis on the Lachit Ghat, Machkhowa to North Guwahati route, bringing the commute time down 2 to 5 minutes from 45 minutes by road.
App-based bookings will streamline demand, and enable advance bookings and cashless payments, ensuring a convenient commuting experience as well as given an impetus the local transportation infrastructure and economy.
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