Guwahati Commuters Seeking Economical Bike-Taxi Services Amid Lockdown Relaxation
GUWAHATI: Due to the new guidelines issued by the state government which prohibits pillion-riding on two-wheelers during Lockdown 3.0, app-based bike-taxi services stand far from resumption.
Bike services such as Rapido, Ola bike and Uber Moto suspended services in the city last month due to the lockdown clamped to contain the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Rapido Bike-Taxi Service app remains inoperative in Guwahati as well as many other states causing inconvenience to commuters seeking pocket-friendly commuting options. The service provider had earlier made it possible for people to access the service for emergency medical purposes around 5 to 6 kilometre radius of quarantine centres and for those willing to procure essential commodities. This however, had to be suspended after commuters started using the application for non-essential travel, as per an official spokesperson of Rapido, Guwahati.
Other two-wheeler taxi services also remain inoperative due to the freshly issued guidelines by Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma two days ago, which only allows pillion-riding either with one female or one child up to 12 years of age. Travellers commuting alone prefer availing two-wheeler services due to its convenient nature and pocket-friendliness over the relatively expensive cab/taxi services which have been resumed from May 4 in Guwahati.