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ANTA Kma firm on its decision
DIMAPUR, Jan 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jan. 2011 12:27 AM IST
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ANTA, Kohima unit Wednesday said it firmly stood by its decision to open pre-paid booking system in Kohima, and that it would not concede to taxi bandh call given by ANTA Dimapur unit on January 27 next.
Maintaining that call for bandh by its counterparts showed “selfishness”, the ANTA Kohima unit general secretary Medo Keyie and publicity secretary Avito Hesso said the bandh call was made only in the interest of “few taxi drivers and owners” without the mandate of entire taxi drivers and owners.
Also, pointing out that if at all Dimapur unit was discontented against the opening of pre-paid booking system in Kohima it should settle the differences between the associations, the ANTA Kohima said however its counterpart resorted to “drastic action” by calling for bandh which, it added would cause “unhealthy co- existence” in the eye of the public.
The Kohima unit claimed that it had talked to taxi drivers and owners at Dimapur and they have expressed that ANTA Dimapur unit had not taken their consent in calling for bandh.
It further claimed that Dimapur taxi drivers and owners were opposed to call for bandh as it would incur loss to its business and also harass the public.
The Kohima unit said taxi drivers and passengers should not be intimidated by such call, adding if any untoward incidents occurred it was the responsibility of its counterparts.
It also urged any passengers or drivers to contact numbers 9206346489; 9206346490; 9774649602; 9402434485 if they faced any difficulty.
The unit also requested the Government, particularly the district administration and the Police to ensure safety to the taxi drivers and passengers particularly on January 27.
Meanwhile, reacting to remarks such as “extortion” and “means to mint money from taxi drivers” levelled by its counterparts, the Kohima unit said it was “hard to digest”, saying any prudent man who worked for the benefit of public would not use such words.
It also refuted allegations that ANTA Kohima president Vivor Michieo and his team had shifted Zonal taxi parking to New Market and when it failed it was shifted back to Naga Hospital Kohima.
According to Kohima unit it was during the time of its predecessor that Zonal Taxi parking was shifted Vide Notification No.DEF/KMA/10/71/2008-09/44/.

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