Kerala govt’s much awaited Kerala Savari to have a delayed takeoff

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Kozhikode: Kerala Savari, the state government’s much touted ride-hailing venture, has missed its pilot project launch date. The app-integrated online platform which will supposedly work like Uber and Ola, was expected to be launched on November 1 by operating 50 taxis and autos in Thiruvananthapuram city. However, the pilot project will be delayed, according to a reliable source.

A letter seeking queries about the project has been received by Kerala Motor Transport Workers Welfare Fund Board (KMTWWF), the body which spearheads the project, said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity. Though the source did not reveal the contents of the letter, it is learnt that the queries are from the bureaucrats and not from any ministry. The pilot project will not happen soon as the queries need to be responded and addressed.

The venture is instrumentalized by the coordinated efforts of the labour department, police department, motor vehicle department, legal metrology department, IT mission and state planning board. Likewise, the Palakkad wing of Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Limited, a public sector undertaking under the Union government, is in charge of GPS facility, application (software) and call centre operations of Kerala Savari.

The response of the pilot will decide the future of Kerala Savari. However, the pilot project itself is in hiccup.

Read more about Kerala Savari here: Kerala govt's Uber-model taxi service to ride on reasonable pricing

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