Transport Minister Parimal Suklabaidya Launches ‘Baayu’ App on Electric Bike Taxi Service
‘Baayu’ to save Rs 73 crore annually on fuel costs
GUWAHATI: The Assam government marked a historic moment with the launch of Baayu (an app-based electric bike taxi service), an innovative and forward-thinking sustainable mobility initiative of ASTC launched by Minister of Transport Parimal Suklabaidya amidst his ongoing Path Suraksha Jan Andolan on Sunday.
The event witnessed the unveiling of India’s first app-based, 100 per cent electric, and decentralized bike taxi services. It is a big day for the state as it becomes the first state in India to have the nation’s first app-based 100% electric and decentralised bike taxi service.
Baayu by ASTC, in collaboration with Bikozee Ecotech, a startup from Assam, is launching India’s first 100% electric and decentralized bike taxi services, ushering in a new era of eco-friendly transportation solutions to be integrated with ONDC. Initiating with zero-emission bike taxi and delivery services, Baayu aims to generate 5,000 livelihood opportunities for driver partners right here in Assam by supporting electric vehicles, technology platforms, insurance, training, skill development, and operating licences in line with Assam Aggregator Rules 2022. This initiative will save an astounding 29,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. Baayu is poised to save Rs. 73 crore annually on fuel costs.
Supported by NITI Aayog’s Shoonya Zero Pollution Mobility campaign, ‘Baayu: Clean Air Movement’ by ASTC aims to improve the air quality and public health of our cities by deploying electric vehicles in transport and logistics sectors and thus implementing decentralised technologies of Beckn protocol to develop digital public infrastructures to be deployed on ONDC (Open Network for Digital Commerce).
Baayu, a groundbreaking sustainable mobility initiative launched by Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) in collaboration with Bikozee Ecotech Pvt. Ltd., has been meticulously designed to revolutionise the transportation landscape of Assam. With a strong emphasis on sustainability, innovation, and inclusivity, Baayu serves as a testament to the Government of Assam’s commitment to fostering economic growth, promoting entrepreneurship, and embracing environmentally conscious practices, stated a press release.