The passengers in Arunachal Pradesh are suffering because of the increase in taxi fares.
Passengers affected by increase in taxi fares in Arunachal:
The drastically increasing fares charged by taxis such as Tempos and Trekkers have become a great matter of concern for the commuters, particularly for the daily wage earners.
Fare increased drastically:
The drivers used to charge Rs. 20 for a one-way trip from Itanagar to Naharlagun during the initial days. Later, the fare rose to Rs. 30 later on, and, after several hikes, currently the Itanagar-Naharlagun Trekker fare is Rs 200.
About the prices:
On calculating one of the passengers who travels from Chimpu to Nirjuli has to pay Rs 310, and another Rs. 50 if one needs to go to Doimukh, and Rs 100 more till Banderdewa.
When contacted, an official of the state public transport service, on condition of anonymity, informed that the city bus services have been a failure due to lack of stoppage points and “opposition from private parties.”
While asking about the matter one official said, “There are two government city buses that ply between Itanagar and Naharlagun. However, they cannot carry passengers since the private transport association does not provide a stoppage point.”
There is no space for stoppage at hubs like Gohpur, Chandranagar, Ganga clock tower and Naharlagun market areas.
“If there is no stoppage point, where can we pick people?” the official said.