Shillong: Following complaints received from daily commuters in Mawlai over hike of taxi rates in Shillong city, youth organisation Seng Samla Mawlai Pyllun on Wednesday met East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Isawanda Laloo to apprise her of the issue.

Speaking with mediapersons, Seng Samla Mawlai Pyllun president Samuel Biam said taxis operators have been taking advantage of the situation with lack of taxis due to the odd and even restrictions in place.

“We understand that even taxi operators are facing challenges since they’re not able to ply regularly. But they will also have to understand that commuters are also facing a challenge when the fares go up,” said Biam.

He added that they have taken up both the issues with the DC.

“The DC, who is also the chairman of the Regional Transport Authority, has assured to look into the issue and has also assured that the odd and even restrictions will be lifted soon after discussing with the transport department,” informed Biam.

Meanwhile, the general secretary of the taxi Association, Wandonbok Jyrwa, said the rate hasn’t changed – it is Rs 30 per person (from Motphran – Mawlai Bus Stop).

Refuting claims made by the youth organisation, Jyrwa said they have not discussed anything about taxi fares. In fact, we have urged the government to revise the rates, he said.

“I have not come across taxi drivers taking advantage of the situation. Despite the fuel hike, we have not increased the fares. Concerning the odd and even, we have spoken with the administration to lift the restrictions and they have agreed. We have apprised the administration about our challenges since we can only ply for 12 days a month due to the odd and even rule,” said Jyrwa. 

However, a resident of Mawlai (iewrynghep) said the rates have indeed increased.

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