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3rd day of Taxi drivers’ stir in Dimapur
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Feb. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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The ongoing suspension of taxi services by the agitating All Nagaland Taxi Association which ran into its third day Wednesday, caused serious inconvenience to scores of people in Dimapur due to disruption of services between Dimapur to Kohima The taxi drivers were agitating over the shifting of taxi parking lot from New NST area to New Market area in Kohima. The suspension of private taxi service led to a rush for NST bus services but owing to the unprecedented demand , many would-be passengers could not get bus tickets and had to return disappointed. Several though made every effort to hitch rides to Kohima as they had to attend some emergency duties or had important engagements. Regular travelers said they were left with very ‘few-to-no-options’ without the service of regional taxis. Voicing concern over the situation, passengers expressed hope that issues faced by drivers of regional taxis plying between Kohima and Dimapur would be solved at the earliest. Parking lot shifted Meanwhile, the All Nagaland Taxi Association (ANTA) said that the taxis has shifted its parking lot from Baroda Bank to the New Market area, as per state government’s notification though admitting that practically the provided area was congested. ANTA also said the new arrangement was causing inconvenience for travelers and suggested picking up or dropping of passengers to continue in the old parking place (Baroda Bank) for at least 10-15 taxis and the newly opened parking to be recognized as parking lot till further improvements were made by the government. ANTA president, Keneingutuo Chielie in a statement pointed out that some zonal drivers/owners were against the shifting of the parking lot and has called for bandh in Dimapur which was creating problems for passengers. Alleging that some drivers were being beaten up and vehicles damaged, ANTA regretted that till date no government administration has taken “any prior action on the persons involved in the bandh which is without the knowledge of the state government.” The association appealed to the respective administration to look into the matter at the earliest. Vehicles seized Altogether 11 private vehicles and one government vehicle were seized by the Dimapur Taxi Drivers’ Union after they were caught ferrying Kohima bound passengers from taxi stand here on Wednesday even as the union was agitating against the shifting of the parking lot in Kohima. Source within the said the private vehicles were caught after they were found picking passengers without proper authorization from the taxi stand allotted purely to the zonal taxis. The union has also decided to continue the agitation till the district administration address the matter at the earliest. The union also said out that the new parking lot at New Market area was too congested even to park 50 taxis at a time.

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