Kerala government to launch its own online e-taxi service

Named Kerala Savari, the online taxi hire service is being rolled out by the state Labor Department.

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Jul 28, 2022, 10:42 AM

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The Kerala government is set to provide an alternative to the popular online taxi service by launching its own e-taxi service from next month, said to be the first such initiative by a state government in the country.

Named ‘Kerala Savari’, the online taxi hire service is being rolled out by the state Department of Labor linking existing automated taxi networks in the state with the aim of ensuring safe and dispute-free travel for the public at affordable statewide rates.

Kerala Minister of Public Education and Labor V Sivankutty said, “This is the first time that a government has launched an online taxi service in the country. This government is moving towards a field dominated by multinational corporations for the sake of the welfare of workers. “Kerala Savari will only charge 8% service charge apart from the fixed rate,” he said.

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The minister said: “Kerala Savari app is a very safe system to use for children and women. The app is designed with utmost care in safety standards. The app also has a system of panic button that can be pressed in case of a car accident or any other kind of danger.One can do it in private.

“This project will be implemented by the Motor Workers Welfare Board with the cooperation of the Planning Board, Forensic, Transport, IT and Police departments. Indian Telephone Industries, Palakkad, a public sector organization, provided technical assistance for the project,” he said.

The new service would be launched in a function to be held at Kanakakkunnu Palace here on the start day of the Malayalam month of Chingam, which falls on August 17.

Date of first publication: Jul 28, 2022, 10:42 AM IST

Alejandro L. Myatt