Meet to take up policy for taxi stand allotment

CHANDIGARH: The here has planned to frame a new policy for allotment of taxi stands in the city. The agenda in this regard is coming up for discussion in the MC house meeting on November 30. According to the agenda the MC has proposed to give preference to the existing taxi stand operators.

In 2015, the finance and contract committee (F&CC) of the municipal corporation had rejected all recommendations of a committee regarding the 61 taxi stands operating in the city. The five-member committee had recommended providing three-year extension to taxi stands, whose term had expired.

Over the years, the MC enforcement wing had detected several violations in these taxi stands. Many of these in the city had been flouting norms for years, taking advantage of poor monitoring.

A senior MC official said that during the last many years these taxi stands were challaned for many violations like subletting their premises, registering vehicles not in the names of taxi stand operator, encroachment on government land and violations in terms of advertisement and construction of offices, etc.

In 2015, a five-member MC committee had recommended that an applicant for the allotment of taxi stand should be a bona resident of Chandigarh only and had recommended for extension in permits to 61 taxi stands. But the F&CC panel of the MC had turned down the committee‘s proposals. It had recommended that instead of giving permit extensions to taxi stand operators, the MC should provide equal opportunity to other people as well.

Moreover, transparency is required while allotting these taxi stands, the F&CC panel had suggested. In 2012, the F&CC committee had cancelled contracts of 24 taxi stands.

The cancelled taxi stands in the city had been flouting the norms for years, taking advantage of poor monitoring. But after an independent survey, the F&CC had cancelled their contracts.

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