The Naga Blog: Case study of Taxi services in Nagaland

The Naga Blog: Case study of Taxi services in Nagaland

Yanpvuo Yanfo Kikon

Since taxis are the most important service to the people of Kohima in particular, every taxi owner, driver & association must realise the value of their role and service to our society! Majority of our citizens are able to safely reach their workplaces, hospitals, colleges, weddings, able to attend to very important works – All thanks to the service provided by our respected taxi drivers!

Now this service of great importance to our people must not come at the cost of burdening the common man. Because it is not the wealthy people who utilize this service, it is mostly the common man who are greatly benefitted by our taxis!

Keeping this in mind, ANTA can take the much appreciated step towards reverting the fares by assessing & balancing out both the public requests and the taxi owners welfare.

This is an important discussion which can also be taken up with RTO & Administration for discussion so that even public are not burdened enough to force them to the streets while at the same time the taxi business does not run at a loss.

Unlike other orgs, I always notice the visibility of ANTA & their proactive cooperation, interaction and most importantly listening to the voice of the people without emotionally reacting to the grievances which should be appreciated! Most organisations would not even bother to respond to public grievances until the time the issue explodes and spills out on the streets.

Only in this manner, we can all work out together to come to the most favourable fare structure for both the public & taxis, so that unnecessary outbursts are controlled. It is especially very important to observe the public outburst and minimize it through effective regulation by the Association & Government.

Using of metres or GPS based fare calculator can solve such problems permanently. Will sit with ANTA in good time and try to work out a solution because only pointing out problems with no solution wont solve any problem.

Moa Longkumer

Reading the comments from members makes me feel that they are not serious and are not bothered for the common people by giving lamba lamba excuses.

Dmr-Kma, Kma-dmr fare of Rs 300 is reasonable coz of the road condition, it’s too bad to commute. Let’s wait for the completion of NH and see whether the ANTA, DC, RTA will review the fares. If they do that then I will not eat food for 1 hr and will really trust them that they really are with the commoners, if not then we are doomed.

Never ever heard/witnessed slashing of taxi fares. Rs. 300 will remain and I doubt that it will be reduced, after 3-4-5 yrs the fares will be increased with serious excuses.

The best example is Kohima local taxis, I think fares hiked cos of increasing oil prices. Now the oil prices has been reduced to a certain extent, close to the fuel prices when taxi fare was rs 70-80. So why don’t the ANTA roll back the fares where it was earlier/rs 10-15 roll back?

About shared taxi why don’t the ANTA regulate fares according the distance covered eg. Phoolbari to BOC, I think it will not consume 1 ltr of fuel. I feel that it is exploiting the common masses for taxis selfish benefits. Plis its an appeal to the concerned to look into this matter seriously.

After the completion of the NH who knows cos of the best black topped road they might increase fares in claiming about the wear and tear of the car tyres JK.

Jon Longchar

The technology hypothesis in Nagaland is always going backward. I don’t owe any vehicle but I know for sure the average distance per liter of petrol or diesel by any car is minimum 15 to 16 km/l. And with technology this has improved in all new vehicles. So why more fare when the taxi can travel more distance with less petrol.

Dimapur to Kohima is about 70 km

So say if vehicle consumes 6 liters then thats 70 x 6 = Rs. 420 on petrol.
If one person fare is 300 then 300 x 4 = Rs. 1,200. So, this leaves driver’s wage and car’s tear and torn costs… 1,200 – 420 = Rs. 780 in one trip! If an average wage earner per day is Rs. 500 per day then shouldn’t that be taken into consideration in controlling the fare too?

Say they did only two trips a day on average. That means 780 x 2 = Rs. 1,560.

Rs. 1,560 x 260 days (working days a year) = Rs 4,05,600

Meaning an average monthly income of Rs. 4,05,600 / 12 = Rs. 33,800.

If a taxi driver is allowed and can earn more than 33k per month on average basis, then what is the govt, driver’s salary? What about MA or MSc with Bed and Med teacher’s salary. (Who are being appointed in recent years at average salary of 25 to 30k per month?) Is it fair and equal?

Don’t just blindly say that it is due to the economy or a difference of working fields, business and jobs etc. Because the rest of the country goes through same and still its cheaper and better outside Nagaland. So let us all answer ourselves.

Zoy Krichena

Taxi walla problem > low fare

Common people > too high fare

Solution = implement meter fare system at a given rate per kilometre like any other cities or state

For e.g.

First 1 kilometre or less at a fixed 15 rs or 20 rs

And the follow up distance at 10 rs or 15 rs

When every other states use such solution why not here too?

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