Travly, a kind of an Uber for Rikshaw service that lets people order rikshaws from their phones, has finally launched its operation in the city of lights, Karachi.
One of the innovative new breed of startups, Travly is an app-based service that acts as the middle-man between the commuters and their Rikshaws. All you have to do is launch Travly’s app or the website, enter your current destination and the app will provide you with an estimated price. If accepted, they will then dispatch a tuk-tuk to your house to take you to your desired designation. Uptill now, Travly was only available in the Lahore but after much anticipation, the service has finally gone live for people of Karachi as well.
They have also provided a map of the coverage areas in Karachi right now which includes DHA, Clifton, Bath Island, Boat Basin and a few others. Even though the areas are pretty limited right now, Travly have promised that more are coming soon.
Speaking to TechJuice, the founder CEO of Travly, Shahmir Khan, said that they currently have a fleet of 100 rikshaws in Karachi. For the first month, they will be targeting around 1500 rides from 500 users in the city.
“We’ve set some very aggressive goals for the upcoming months so you’ll be hearing/seeing a lot more of Travly. It’s a very exciting time for us!”, said Shahmir.
Currently, Travly provides a total of three kind of services: Bus Trip timings, Booking a Rikshaw and Logistic Solutions. After rikshaw, Shahmir Khan plans to move on to providing Taxi services as well, as evident by the “Coming Soon” written below the “Book A Taxi” section on their website. They are also currently planning for their next Lahore Vekho event, an academic movement to create awareness regarding the city’s illustrious Art, Culture and Architecture.
The transport situation in the city of Karachi is pretty abysmal right now, especially the dangerously crammed and ruinous public buses which clearly points to the lack of a proper transport infrastructure. The rest of the country is no better, except Punjab with its recently launched Metro bus project. To tackle this, a number of startups and private companies have cropped up like Travly, Careem and Savaree. Even international transportation network company, Uber, announced its plans to enter Pakistan. However, it remains to be seen if these kind of sharing/ordering services are viable for the unique culture and the flaky security condition of our country or not.