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State capital Kohima can look forward to traffic decongestion

State capital Kohima can look forward to traffic decongestion
Traffic congestion at Kohima town on Monday evening. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/14/2019 11:54:12 AM IST

Having had to brave perennial traffic congestion on a regular basis, citizens of the State Capital can now look forward towards some respite as the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is set to be inaugurated very soon. Once the terminus is made operational, all zonal buses and taxis will be shifted there.

Transport, civil aviation, railways & land resources minister P Paiwang Konyak confirmed this to Nagaland Post.

Traffic congestion in Kohima has become a regular affair where commuters have to spend considerable amount of time on the road to reach their respective destinations at mornings or late evenings .

As per a sample survey conducted by Nagaland Post, more than one thousand vehicles ply on the roads in Kohima town on daily basis. These include – around 750 local taxis, over 150 two-wheeler taxis, over 100 buses, pink buses, zonal taxis, mini-trucks, departmental buses, school and college buses, government and private vehicles.

Shifting of zonal taxis and buses to ISBT was also a suggestion made by the All Nagaland Taxi Association since the past few years.

The State transport department is unable to limit the number of permits that can be issued for commercial vehicles as the Motor Vehicle Act does not specify any such limits. 

This has also in a way, enabled the department to earn more than Rs 135 crore in 2018-19 even though NST is unable to generate enough revenue, said a departmental official. Following a report in Nagaland Post on August 4 this year, about State cabinet’s approval for introduction of two-wheeler taxi service in Kohima, bike owners started their service even before proper rules were framed or necessary legislation passed by Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

Nagaland Two Wheeler Taxi Association president Chumben B. Yanthan informed this correspondent that the bike riders were aware of the consequences, but clarified that they started the service to earn their livelihood. He also said the association was also well informed and were very particular about the safety of their passengers.

An office bearer of All Nagaland Taxi Association (ANTA) pointed out that there were certain rules which the state government was supposed to strictly implement. For instance, he said the transport department needed to enforce certain environmental laws while issuing permits for new vehicles and at the same time bar vehicles more than 15 years to ply. 

He said there was an urgent need to streamline the registration of vehicles as some families owned more vehicles than the number of members. 

He also suggested that vehicles, both commercial and private, should be thoroughly checked on whether they had proper registration and documents. 

He commented that every citizen has a responsibility towards easing traffic congestion in the town as more private vehicles than commercial vehicles were parked randomly . He said if the zonal vehicles were shifted to new ISBT, 40% of traffic congestion would reduced.

On some taxi drivers demanding higher fares than prescribed, on the pretext of traffic jam, the ANTA official maintained that no extra charge could be made by any driver due to traffic jams. In any such event, he said a complainant should bring it to the notice of ANTA office here. 

 

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