Commuters across Mizoram are in for much inconvenience as all taxi operators across the State have gone on an indefinite state-wide strike from Wednesday morning.
The strike call has been called by Mizoram Maxicab Owners Association (MMCOA) to register protest against the government’s failure to renew all Mizoram plying permit and hike taxi fares.
The association had earlier asked the State Government to comply with their proposal to renew all Mizoram permit, which was introduced in 1997 and increase fare failing which they threatened to stage the indefinite strike.
The strike will also cover those maxicabs running between Aizawl and Silchar and inter-state maxicabs were also asked to support the strike.
The association also alleged that maxicabs were facing enormous problems after the State Government revoked all Mizoram permit in 2016.
After scrapping the all Mizoram plying permit, the maxicabs were given only route wise permit which had put them under severe inconvenience.
Moreover, they have to pay Rs 6,000 every time they change their route.
In case of emergency, when the maxicabs wanted to travel in a route other than the actual route in which they have permit, they had to obtain special route permit.
The indefinite strike is bound to affect several commuters as maxicabs are one of the main transport vehicles in the State.