Aizawl: The otherwise scenic hill town of Aizawl is infamous for its traffic snarls, which often make commuters report late to work and come in the way of emergency services. But all that became somewhat history when the Mizoram government allowed the use of two-wheelers as taxis last year.
Cut to the present: Two-wheeler taxis have now become an oft-used service for the commuters of Aizawl, especially to swish through the snarls to reach their destination in time and that too at cheaper rates.
When traffic comes to a standstill in Aizawl, it is the two-wheeler taxi that comes to the rescue of office-goers. Most importantly, these two-wheeler taxi services have brought a smile on the face of unemployed youths. Two-wheeler taxis charge passengers Rs 10 for the first kilometre and Rs 5 for every subsequent kilometre, as per a fare structure fixed by the government.
“The initiative has helped the youth a lot. Since there is a crisis of jobs, the two-wheeler taxi service has helped the youths to employ themselves,” Lalruatfala, a two-wheeler taxi owner, said.
Another two-wheeler taxi owner, Jimmy Lalfakzuala, added that the service helps the youth earn around Rs 1,000 every day and the registration process only takes around two months.
The idea to launch two-wheeler taxis in Mizoram on a par with Goa came in 2016. It was finally launched in August 26 last year. The man behind the introduction of the service is Mizoram transport minister John Rotluangliana.
In just over a year of its launch, there are already around 500 two-wheeler taxis plying on the streets of Aizawl.