BMC polls: Brace for trouble, fewer taxis on roads on Feb 20, 21
The BMC’s transport wing has asked RTO offices to make about 3,051 black-and-yellow taxis available for the election duty from midnight of February 19, till the end of election processmumbai Updated: Feb 14, 2017 00:26 IST
Passengers in the city will have to brace for shortage of taxis on roads, as regional transport offices will make a large number of taxis available for election duty on February 20 and 21. The polling for BMC elections will be held on February 21.
The BMC’s transport wing has asked RTO offices to make about 3,051 black-and-yellow taxis available for the election duty from midnight of February 19, till the end of election process.
The BMC also sought 115 jeeps, 250 mini buses and 40 buses. Four city RTOs will hire these vehicles for the BMC, using the provisions in the law. These vehicles will be used for ferrying election duty staff, along with polling material to and from polling booths, on the polling day and a day before, said sources.
According to RTO sources, the civic body has registered a requirement of 1,375 taxis in the western suburbs, followed 1,001 taxis in eastern suburbs and remaining 680 in the island city.
If such a large number of taxis goes off the roads for two days, passengers might face a little difficulty, even though the polling day has been declared holiday.
According to sources, the BMC is likely to procure buses from the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) for the election.
A senior RTO official said their duty is to facilitate procurement of the vehicles, while the BMC will take care of payment according to the rate fixed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority.
AL Quadros, leader of Mumbai Taximens’ Union, one of the biggest taxi unions in the city, however, said they will charge Rs2,000 a day for each cab from the authorities.
A bus operator said compared to last year, RTO has sought fewer private buses, instead they are hiring more number of taxis.