Ola, Uber counters in metro stations hits BMTC hard

BENGALURU: Namma Metro’s decision to provide counters for Ola and Uber to do business at 19 metro stations has not gone down well with the Bang alore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), the transport utility that has been at loggerheads with the app-based cab aggregators.

The BMTC, which is already operating metro feeder bus services on loss, is afraid of forgoing revenue further due to competition from the app-based aggregators, reports The Economic Times.

Recently, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) permitted Uber and Ola to set up cab booking facilities at 12 and seven metro stations respectively. BMRCL gets an annual licence fee of Rs 2.26 crore.

BMTC has sent a letter to BMRCL protesting its decision and asking it promote bus services, instead.BMTC, its managing director Ekroop Caur said, has conveyed its sentiments to the metro authorities.

BMTC officials say the cabs would eat into their passenger share and this would make buses to wait more at the stations to get ‘enough passengers’.


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