Dimapur, May 1: The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Kohima is mulling taking steps to ease traffic congestion and regulate commercial transport system, etc in the State capital that sees serpentine traffic snarls regularly.
In a meeting of RTA Kohima convened by Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Anoop Khinchi IAS, the authority decided to take steps to remove building and other materials still being dumped on road side. It will also intimate road side vendors to follow the instructions given by Kohima Municipal Council and not to use the stand areas, which have been made for the pedestrian.
On traffic congestion, the meeting discussed on the feasibility of North side – Local Ground area for public vehicles parking and also to earmark certain areas for parking of shop owners’ vehicles. It also decided that city buses should come up with certain pick up and dropping points instead of stationing in certain points and also to ply only on the designated route as per the given permit. Taxi drivers uniform with name tag was also taken up.
The RTA decided to take up these issues for further discussion with the concerned stakeholders.
With regard to taxi permit, the meeting deliberated on the issues of local/regional taxi permit holders, and decided that the permit holders should drive their own taxi and reminded that taxi permit are not transferable and therefore open advertisement for sale of local/regional permits in newspapers is illegal. It also decided that enforcement teams will conduct frequent checks so that only the authorised persons is driving the taxi.
The RTA also informed that local taxi will require special permit to ply out of the municipal limit. (Page News Service)