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Five alternatives to CNG-ing it

  • Published at 02:00 am March 3rd, 2017
Five alternatives to CNG-ing it
We've all been there. Sometimes it's after a particularly long day at work, when all you want to do is get home as fast as you can and crawl into bed. Or it's one of those days, when you know you haven't even come close to acing that exam, and you dejectedly walk out in the blistering heat and not a single CNG waala mama wants to sympathise with your plight. Or you've overstayed at a friends, and you need to get home as fast as you can but there's not a single mode of transport anywhere in sight. And if you happen to be living in Dhaka, chances are there are also days when transport strikes like the one we had recently make it very hard to find public transport. But when all else fails, thankfully we now have quite a few alternatives to choose from when making the difficult decision to travel. The age of Uberisation The internationally known online transportation network company Uber finally hit the streets of Dhaka on November 15, 2016, and after some widely publicised hiccups, is now offering “safe, reliable, and affordable rides” to Dhaka commuters. Uber is not a taxi service, it is a unique e-hailing service that connects passengers with drivers via a mobile phone app. The vehicles for the service are not owned by the company, but tend to be privately owned cars. Pathao pickup Pathao started their journey with an on-demand delivery service, but later turned into a startup that gives on-request ride-hailing as well. It is a strategic organisation that has been dabbling in the ride hailing business for some time now. A ride costs Tk20 for hiring, plus Tk10 per kilometer travelled, or 0.5 paisa per minute. Call the Taxiwala Taxiwala started operations on March 2015, and currently are offering in-app bookings for Toma Taxi. It is a smartphone app that makes it much easier to orderi a taxi from most locations in Dhaka. Through TaxiWala, you can order a cab from some of the most reliable taxi firms in Dhaka. The app allows you to select the number of passengers with you and instantly gives you a quote of the fare. Ask Amarbike Amarbike launched their services with the dream of making moving in Dhaka city more tolerable. They began their operations mid-July last year, and are presently in their beta stage. This start-up provides customers with a fast, cheap and often more time-saving means of transport, since it hires motorbikes to take you from point A to B. Amarbike has also started to track bikes and travellers alike, an excellent initiative for impatient travellers. Go with Garivara Garivara, known for its out-of-city ride-hailing, has estabilished itself as an extravagant auto rental/hailing administration, which means that the basic car that comes through their service is the Toyota Axio. Right now, it has operations in Dhaka, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet, Srimongol, Bandarban, Khagrachori, and Rangamati. Moreover, Garivara gives roadside help and crisis essential repair administrations for cars as well.