IMPHAL, July 8: The JAC of the Bus Owners’ Association of Tiddim Road has set a deadline to the State government and the concerned department to fulfill their demands by July 10 failing which the committee will stop passenger vehicles from plying along the road the next day.
This was stated by Abujam Babu Singh, president of the JAC at a press conference on Tuesday. He also highlighted that they have been demanding the State government and the concerned authorities for the last four- five years to implement the State Transport Policy.
Continuing that despite repeated requests and demands to the competent authority for alleviating the traffic congestion in and around the city area their demands have been neglected, he said the association believes that their demands are legitimate.
“In this regard, a memorandum was submitted on June 28 to the concerned minster and a meeting was fixed on July 1. However, without prior information, the meeting was canceled,” he said.
He further said that due to non implementation of the State Transport Policy and the congestion in city areas, commotion and confrontation between different transporters plying in the state are commonplace.
The parking area at Wahengbam Leikai which is used by contract carriage permit holders associations is against the decision taken by the Traffic Regulation and Parking Committee, he asserted, adding that no measures have been taken to avoid traffic congestion so far.
He stated that the MV Act, 1988 applicable to contract carriage permit holders of Tiddim Road was not abided particularly by Tata Wingers, Tata Magic and Auto-rickshaws.
A number of associations are getting carriage contract permits from the State Transport Department without any proper verification which is against the provisions of Section 74 of MV Act, 1988. Those issued permits of these shady associations must be canceled, he added.