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Dimapur DC asserts authority to fix transport rates

Dimapur, September 12 (MExN): The Dimapur Deputy Commissioner (DC) has asserted that fixation of rates (for public transport) is a prerogative of the State and fixed after taking all circumstances into consideration. As per its duties, the State will revise these rates as and when the necessity is felt.


This was stated in an Order dated September 12 from the DC with reference to the strike called by the Dimapur District Auto Drivers’ Union (DDADU) on September 11 in protest against revision of auto fares made by the district authorities. The strike was called off unconditionally the same day.


“The DDADU is hereby notified that the fixation of rates are a prerogative of State and fixed after due consideration. The rates will be revised as and when felt necessary by the authority and not at the convenience and terms of the Union,” maintained the Order signed by Dimapur DC, Kesonyu Yhome IAS.


Further, the Order noted that “the usual practice of the Union to force its way is being viewed seriously by the District Authorities. No Union or Association has the right to cause irreparable inconvenience to public to get to its claims.”


It directed the DDADU to “strictly abide by the rules and regulations issued by the competent authority from time to time.”


The DDADU was also directed by the authority to “adhere to the autorickshaw fares as revised by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) vide order No. DTO/DMR/RTA-01/02/PART-IV/507-13 dated August 19, 2017.”
The Order has been sent to the DDADU president, RTA members and the Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, for information and necessary action.