The government is all set to begin work on Indias first pod taxi service in Gurgaon. Sources say the contract would be awarded soon.

We have received four bids from several companies, including two foreign firms. The bids are being scrutinised. The contract will be awarded after a formal decision is taken, said a transport ministry official.

The Rs 4,000-crore public transport project would enable travelling in driverless pods suspended on a ropeway in the NCR. The first project would be from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi to Manesar in Haryana. The 70-km stretch from Dhaula Kuan to Manesar would decongest the NCR and ease traffic on NH-8.

The first phase would include a pilot project covering 13-km stretch from Gurgaon-Delhi border to Badshapur Mod with 16 stations.

The Transport ministry has assigned Rs 850 crore for the pilot project. The ropeway-like system runs on electricity and driverless pods come down at designated stations, therefore removing the traffic burden from already congested roads. The capital cost of metrino is Rs 50 crore per km against Rs 250 crore per km of the metro.