Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that PoochO app will be launched on December 22, a day when 'Car-Free Day' will be organised on Vikas Marg in East Delhi's Lakshmi Nagar area. After the launch of PoochO app, commuters will be able to book autos and taxis using their smartphones on the lines of app-based private taxi service providers.

"Under PoochO app, we will launch two separate Apps, one for passengers and another one for drivers. Government will run an awareness campaign for drivers of taxis and autos to register themselves before December 22. They can send their details on mobile number 9958694311 for their registration," Rai told a press conference here.

The Minister said that city's autos and taxis will come under PoochO app which can be downloaded on phones from Google Play store and thereafter, people will have to ensure GPS of their phone is on, and can find out the nearest auto to them through maps.

In July last year, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had launched PoochO app which allows people to access the DIMTS database of registered drivers' mobile numbers and call them up to book a ride. The Minister said that PoochO app will only work on those auto and taxis having Global Positioning System (GPS), adding that there are around 75 percent of autorickshaws which are GPS-enabled.