App-based water taxis soon in Kerala

Deccan Chronicle

Kochi: Soon you could hire speed boats to sail through the serene backwaters of the state just by downloading a booking app powered by multinational taxi aggregator Uber.

The State Water Transport Department (SWTD) is set to roll out two water taxis in Ernakulam and Alappuzha by October and plans to operate the same on the lines of app-based taxi-hailing services.

'Currently construction of two water taxis is nearing completion at a private boatyard in Aroor. The work of the hull of the vessels is over.

The outboard diesel engines to be used in the boats are being imported from 'Oxe' company in Sweden, and the same will be integrated by next week,' said Shaji V. Nair, SWTD director.

'We're going to hold talks with Uber Technologies Inc to operate it as an app-based booking service. If successful, this will help customers, especially tourists, avail both cab and boat services at one go on the transport hailing app. We'll be launching two more water taxis by the year-end,' the official said.

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