Pakistani entrepreneurs launch 'Uber for rickshaws'

By AFP
Published: October 16, 2015
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LAHORE: A group of young Pakistani entrepreneurs have launched an Uber-like rickshaw app service that is quickly growing popular with commuters struggling to find transport in the teeming eastern city of Lahore.

Taxis and private cars are expensive to rent in the historic city, Pakistan’s second-largest, and public buses and vans are often over-crowded.

Rickshaws are the only convenient form of transport, said Shahmir Khan, CEO of Travely, the company behind the service — but many commuters struggle to catch one during the early hours or late at night.

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A pilot version of the service has been launched in two upscale neighbourhoods.

The response has been “mammoth”, 25-year-old Khan told AFP, adding that the company was quickly expanding.

“We are getting great response from the commuters and have started receiving calls even in the late night hours,” he said.

Khan and his five friends were inspired to launch the service after working on a project to develop transport apps with the help of the government of Punjab province, of which Lahore is capital.

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“After graduating in software engineering, we got an opportunity to be associated with the Punjab government’s Plan9 which has been crafted to help young software engineers to develop their own projects, and we successfully launched transport applications for the commuters,” Khan said.

“Then we conceived the idea to start a rickshaw app because that is only convenient transport available in Lahore,” he said.

Reader Comments (4)

  • SHAH
    Oct 16, 2015 - 5:28PM

    GO…. LAHORE …. GO; and GO PAKISTAN GO;; Good Luck to You 5 guys, all the Blessings and Prayers for Success of this plan. Uber Rickshaws.. need passenger/customer to have help line smart quick dial number app in case of emergency which can identify location with rickshaw registration number. This will make customers, specially ladies more safe and easier to hire one when alone, in the evening. Recommend

  • Asad Sadick
    Oct 16, 2015 - 5:36PM

    Good work! Call the app “Hamesha” or “Ham hai na”.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Oct 17, 2015 - 11:29AM

    This would not be the first app to provide such a service ? I have already used an app in Lahore for Rickshaw service and the response was not bad. Recommend

  • name
    Oct 18, 2015 - 4:24AM

    is their travely app developed ? Recommend

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