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The Verdict Is Out For The ‘Namma Yatri’ App – Completes 10,000 Downloads Before The Launch

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The Bengaluru Auto Rickshaw Driver’s Union (ARDU) is all set to launch its app ‘Namma Yatri’ on 1 November 2022. The application is a response to the discontent over the high fares of the cab-based app services. 10,000 downloads have already been recorded, even before the official launch of the application. The app is seen as a major alternative to the likes of Ola, Uber, Rapido, etc. It was launched in partnership with Beckn Foundation, a company which is backed by Infosys co-founder, Nandan Nilekani. 

 How Is ‘Namma Yatri’ Different From The Rest?

The app is inspired by the ‘Yatri app, based out of Kochi, Kerala. The specialty of the application is ‘reasonable prices’ as there will be 0 commission paid to the aggregator. The app will charge the government – set a base price, with an extra fare ranging from ₹10 to ₹30, depending on the distance. 

The reviews for the app are already out, and people seem to be impressed with it. A Twitter user named Chinmay Dhumal shared their experience stating that the application does not charge any cancellation fees, and has a platform fee of not more than Rs. 30. However, the app only accepts payments in cash.

Why Were Ola, Uber, And Rapido Banned?

The State government of Karnataka banned online cab services providing applications like Ola, Uber, and Rapido on 12 October. The government reached this decision when they received several complaints of overcharging from the users. Post the announcement, Ola and Uber told the government that they had complied with the government rule of reducing the fare, and charging Rs. 30 for the first two kilometers. 

Citizens of Bengaluru city had taken to social media to talk about this issue, and they also showed their anticipation for an alternative like the ‘Namma Yatri’ app. 


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