by NEWSNER , 2021-03-25 13:01:24
Following the State government’s order on Saint Joseph permitting all vehicles to work with 100%, passenger capacity, Dimapur DC Rajesh Soundararajan on Wednesday suspended the transport fare rates revised during the COVID-19 induced lockdown within the district with immediate effect.
All taxis and auto-rickshaws are directed to only charge as per the sooner existing rates issued on August 23, 2017, till further notice, the DC’s order stated.
In the 2017 order, the Regional Transport Authority Dimapur revised the fare for auto rickshaw within Dimapur city, with effect from September 1, 2017. Auto rickshaw fare for town trip was fixed at Rs 40 and fares for various parking lots were also revised.
The DC’s order on Wednesday also included certain safety conditions to be strictly adhered to.
In both private and commercial passenger vehicles, everyone including the drivers and attendants has been directed to mandatorily wear a mask in the least times. No passenger shall be allowed to travel without a mask worn correctly, the order stated.
Vehicles have also been barred from carrying quite the entire capaciousness. There shouldn't be any standing passenger in any vehicle, it added.
All passenger vehicles are to mandatorily maintain a daily logbook of all travellers with details including name, telephone number and date of travel.
Hand sanitiser is to be carried in the least times and every one passenger must sanitize their hands before boarding. The driver/attendant shall mandatorily carry appropriate disinfectants and periodically disinfect frequently touched surfaces of the vehicle like doors and window handles, scats, overhead hand grips etc, the DC’s order stated. Vehicles must be washed daily and disinfected periodically, it added.
Drivers/attendants have also been barred from assembling or gathering in groups at bus/taxi/auto-rickshaw stands.
The Municipal/Town Council has been entrusted to make sure the installation of adequate hand washing facilities -soap and running water or foot-operated alcohol-based hand sanitiser at the bus/taxi/auto-rickshaw stand and display adequate IEC materials (posters/ pamphlets/flex banners).
The Municipal/Town Council together with the concerned Union/Association of passenger vehicles has also been directed to conduct an orientation programme on standard preventive measures for drivers and travellers. Necessary technical support is going to be provided by District Task Force, as per the DC’s order.
Failure to suits the order will attract penal provisions as per law, it cautioned.