LAHORE (Tuesday, July 19, 2011) – Out of all Punjab districts, Lahore district will get the largest (1670) while Hafizabad district the lowest number of vehicles (196 only) in the Yellow Cab Scheme.
Applicants from D G Khan, Rawalpindi and Multan districts will obtain their taxies in the first phase likely to start in September.
No. of Yellow Cabs District Wise
|D G Khan||579|
|T T Singh||377|
It has been decided that one district each will be selected every month from south, central and north Punjab for distribution of the cabs.
The Suzuki Company will deliver 20,000 vehicles in eight equal monthly delivery consignments of 2,500 vehicles.
The role of Bank of Punjab (BOP) in the Yellow Cab Scheme is yet to be decided, The News has learnt.
The Suzuki Mehran will cost around Rs 467,000 and Suzuki Bolan almost Rs 655,000 as compulsory insurance and tracker cost is added to the applicant price. The company has offered Rs 447,000 for Suzuki Mehran and Rs 526,000 for Suzuki Bolan.
According to various newspaper advertisements, the Punjab government will pay the mark-up on the taxi itself. It is yet to be decided whether the BOP will finance the scheme and government save Rs 4.5 billion allocated money for the scheme in budget 2011-12, or the government itself pay total cost of vehicles to the Company i.e. over Rs 8 billion.
Sources privy to the development said if the insurance and tracker facilities were made optional to the applicant, it would drastically cut down the additional cost of vehicle and bring it down to over Rs 70,000.
They said strict fare regulation was also crucial to make the scheme a success, adding if the cab-holders overcharged the fare, the scheme could flop.
According to the sources, the meeting proposed asking the company to install meters in the taxi and latter strictly monitor metered charging through traffic department.
The other option was to issue standard fare per kilometer to make the scheme a success. It was decided that uniform per kilometer fare would be applicable across the province.
They said the Punjab government had also asked the Excise and Taxation Department to make special number plates and create special serial of registration numbers for the Yellow Cab Scheme vehicles to curb their private use.
It was also decided that all applications would collected in Lahore for scrutiny after completion of application process. After that, transparent balloting would be held at divisional level. Successful applicants will be given fifteen days to complete and process their case, after which they would be delivered the van.
The district wise break-up of vehicles’ quota is: Rawalpindi 831, Attock 299, Chakwal 249, Jhelum 217, Sargodha 610, Khushab 209, Mianwali 251, Bhakkar 259, Faisalabad 1310, Chiniot 221, Jhang 440, T T Singh 377, Gujranwala 847, Hafizabad 196, Gujrat 481, Mandi Bahuddin 263, Sialkot 654, Narowal 289, Lahore 1670, Sheikhupura 555, Nankana Sahib 235, Kasur 580, Sahiwal 430, Okara 534, Pakapatan 310, Multan 1038, Lodhran 391, Khanewal 671, Vehari 694, D G Khan 579, Rajanpur 387, Muzaffargarh 934, Layyah 387, Bahawalpur 838, Bahawalnagar 666 and Rahimyar Khan 1094.
Thought the quota is based on population basis, 11 districts of the south Punjab will get 20 per cent extra vehicles than population share.