Meghalaya Government cuts down on public transport vehicles
Newmai News Network
Shillong, Mar 22: Amidst efforts to contain and prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Meghalaya, the State Government has decided to minimize the number of public transport vehicles plying on the roads in three districts of the state.
In an order issued here on Sunday, the Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Transport Department directed that only 25 per cent of all local taxis (four wheelers and three wheelers) within the jurisdiction of East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills, West Garo Hills districts shall operate their vehicles on March 23 and on March 26.
The Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Transport Department further directed that all local taxi, auto rickshaw operators of all districts will keep their taxis off-road (shall not operate) on March 24, 25, 27, 28 and 29.
However, special permission for medical emergencies may be obtained from respective District Transport Officers, added the Commissioner & Secretary.
It was further reiterated that the drivers of all local taxis, auto rickshaw plying on the above dates are to ensure that there is proper social distancing and there shall be no close contact among the passengers.
“All District Transport Officers have been directed to ensure strict compliance of this order,” stated the Commissioner & Secretary.
Further, the Commissioner & said that there shall be no inter-state plying of buses, tourist taxis and no inter district plying of any public transport vehicle by way of buses, maxi cabs or tourist taxis with effect from March 23 till March 31.
In this regard, the District Transport Officers of all districts have been directed to ensure strict compliance of this order.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary MS Rao has stated that no government employees in the districts including officers, employees of line departments and contractual staff shall leave their districts without the permission of their respective Deputy Commissioners.
Further, every government employee will keep their mobile phones in ‘switched on’ mode and should be available for any emergency requirement at all times.
“Non compliance of these instructions will be viewed seriously by the Government,” Rao said.