City to get 120 new taxi stands

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Kolkata: Kolkata Police and the transport department on Tuesday decided to set up 120 taxi-stands across the city and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing space. The KMC officials said that the space available in the city is not much. But still they are willing to set up 30 such stands in the first phase.

Apart from these stands, it was decided in Tuesday`s meeting that two taxis will be allowed to stand in each parking lot. There are 168 such lots across Kolkata. Though satisfied with the meeting’s outcome, taxi operators have decided to stick to their June 11 strike plan.

They had called the strike to demand for taxi stands. Now that the government has started working on their demand, they will focus on their another demand — withdrawal of cases slapped on the cabbies. “We will go for the strike on June 11.

We are also planning to march up to the Transport Bhavan,” said Kolkata Taxi Operators Union general secretary Nawal Kishore Srivastav. Bengal Taxi Association’s general secretary Bimal Guha added: “We had been demanding taxi stands for long. During the Left Front regime, some stands were operated by CITU.

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