Indira Gandhi International Airport, in partnership with a private company, Sakha, has started a new initiative of a all-women cab service. The service from Terminal 3 of IGI airport was launched on January 10. It’s a fleet of about 20 cabs, each having a woman driver, who are all trained in self-defense. These women-only cabs are a welcome addition for women travellers in Delhi, reports the Times of India.

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KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • IGI Airport started an all-women taxi service from Terminal 3.
  • All the drivers have undergone rigorous self-defense training. 
  • The bookings for the cabs can be on the spot at the counter or online.
  • The service covers Delhi-NCR region, Agra and Jaipur.

The cabs will be stationed outside pillar number 16 of the arrival forecourt of T3 with the option of physical and online booking. The physical bookings may be done at the Sakha counter and the website, www.sakhaconsultingwings.com provides for online pre-booking. The online service is also available on IGAI’s website, www.newdelhiairport.in. Moreover, two mobile numbers, 9999193004 and 9278708888 are provided for bookings over the phone.

To ensure safety to women flyers, DIAL has initiated the women taxi service in association with Sakha cabs, which provides safe transport solutions for women by women. It has already become quite popular among women who feel vulnerable on city roads.

The fares, akin to other taxi services work on a distance-travelled model along with 25% additional charges for night hours (10 pm to 5 am). An airport official told the daily, “This service not only provides employment opportunities for women but Sakha has also provided over a million safe rides to women and their families for over a decade now. The drivers adhere to the highest standards of reliability and integrity.” The move will provide a sense of security to the passengers commuting at odd hours.

This service not only provides employment opportunities for women but Sakha has also provided over a million safe rides to women and their families for over a decade now. The drivers adhere to the highest standards of reliability and integrity.

The service will be expanded to other terminals too with the introduction of new cabs in the coming days. The cabs will be parked in the multilevel car parking area in the surveillance of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). A DIAL spokesperson said, “To ensure safety to women flyers, DIAL has initiated the women taxi service in association with Sakha cabs, which provides safe transport solutions for women by women. It has already become quite popular among women who feel vulnerable on city roads.” Currently, the cabs will be travelling across all regions in Delhi-NCR. Additionally, they are covering journeys to Agra and Jaipur.

The official also told that the cabs are equipped with a panic button, to ensure that the customer support team reaches the cab at the earliest to provide assistance if required. Some of the cars are equipped with wheelchairs and other facilities for physically-challenged passengers.

The service is a coming-of-age step. It will make women feel more comfortable. A step in a similar direction would be highly appreciated on a national level.

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Saavriti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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