Members of All India Road Transport Workers Association, All Assam Cab Operators Union and Tata Sumo Drivers’ Welfare Association take part in protest rally Credit: EastMojo Image

Guwahati: To press for their various demands, including easy movement of passenger vehicles to Meghalaya, members of various commercial vehicle associations of the state took out a protest march on Thursday.

Representatives from All India Road Transport Workers Association (AIRTWA), All Assam Cab Operators Union and Tata Sumo Drivers’ Welfare Association marched to the office of Assam transport commissioner to voice their concerns and request the state government to fulfil their demands.

The protestors submitted a memorandum to the commissioner, Assam transport to highlight their grievances while travelling across state boundaries due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the neighbouring states.

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“We have approached the state transport commissioner to tell him about our problems while travelling to other states especially while entering Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. We wait for about six to seven hours at the entry points and have to pay Rs 500 for testing. We have incurred huge losses because of it,” stated Biren Sarma, secretary, AIRTWA.

The memorandum submitted to the commissioner of transport stating the demand to station a testing facility along the highway across the entry points to Assam which would be convenient for the drivers travelling from the state.

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“Vehicles from Meghalaya are allowed to enter Assam without any restriction, whereas we face problems while entering their state. Only drivers from Assam are suffering because of it,” added Sarma.

The transport department accepted their memorandum and promised to look into their problems.

“We have decided to request the district commissioner to set up a testing facility near the highway. As the Assam government does not charge any amount for COVID-19 testing, drivers can acquire the testing certificate from our administration and travel to other states without any hindrance,” said Ratul Pathak, senior additional transport commissioner, Assam.

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