Taxi norms: State govt forms 2-member panel

The state government has formed a two-member committee to monitor the task for proper implementation of the norms specified for safe journey of passengers in app based taxis.

The two member committee will be comprised of NS Nigam, Managing Director at Calcutta Surface Transport Corporation and Additional Commissioner of Police (I) of Kolkata Police Vineet Goyal.

A meeting in this connection held in Nabanna on Thursday. Top brass of the transport department, the state and Kolkata Police were present in the meeting.

It may be mentioned the state transport had specified three months time for the on demand transportation technology aggregators (ODTTA) to fulfill all instructions to get licence. The step was taken to ensure safety and security of passengers availing app based taxi services. Yesterday, the transport department had handed over offer letters to the aggregators including Ola, Uber, Meru and Taxi for Sure. The offer letters have been given with expression that licence will be given if they come up with the required infrastructure and submit pending documents within the next three months.

Now the main task is to monitor that whether the aggregators are working in right direction and in co-ordination with the police to develop the required infrastructure. 

Mainly they need the support of the police to bring in the system of panic button in the cars.
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