Twelve railway stations in Bangalore will have booking kiosks that can be used to books cabs attached to Ola and Uber. The South Western Railway (Bangalore Division) has signed a three year agreement worth Rs 51 crore with both companies, as per a report by Economic Times. The twelve stations are: Bangalore City, Yeshwantpur, KR Puram, Cantonment, Kengeri, Banaswadi, Yelahanka, Bangalore East, Baiyappanahalli, Whitefield, Malleswaram and Hebbal.
Passengers can directly go to the kiosk and book the cabs, instead of using the Ola or Uber apps. As per the agreement, there will also be parking space allotted for the cabs at the stations. Maximum number of cabs will be available at City railway station, Yeshwantpur station and Whitefield station. Note that Ola already has a partnership with Bangalore City Junction Railway Station for a designated parking and pick-up points, it is not clear if the new partnership is an extension of the same.
NR Sridhar Murthy, senior divisional commercial manager, told the publication that the railways would earn Rs 17 crore each year as non-fare revenue from the contract.
Available at Metro Stations
In February this year, Uber and Ola partnered with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL). While Ola set up booking kiosks at Trinity Circle, Cubbon Park, City Railway Station, Peenya, Goraguntepalya, Yeshwanthpur and Mahalaxmi metro stations, Uber’s kiosks are at Kempegowda Majestic Station, Baiyyapanahalli, Mysore Road, Indiranagar, Vijayanagar, M G Road, Mantri Mall station, Orion Mall (Sandal soap factory), Sir M Visweswaraiyya Central College, Jalahalli, Dasarahalli and Hosahalli station. However, BMRCL does not provide parking space for the cabs. Ola and Uber have also plans to set up kiosks at Chennai Metro stations. Note that Uber and Ola also has a partnership with the Kempegowda International Airport for dedicated parking and pick-up points.