SILCHAR, Sept 4 - E-rickshaw drivers under the banner of Cachar E-rickshaw Owners� Association and E-rickshaw Driver�s Welfare Development Council today threatened to call a Cachar bandh if they are not permitted to ply within the Silchar Municipal area with immediate effect.
Around 500 e-rickshaw drivers took to the streets to demonstrate their angst on the prohibition set by the Cachar district administration. The office enclave witnessed the protest by the drivers who rallied from Ashram Road to the office of the Deputy Commissioner.
Later, in a memorandum sent to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Debesh Das, president of the Cachar E-rickshaw Owners� Association said, �As per the 2017 Gazette notification of Government of India, we are authorised to move within the municipal area and, hence, we want that the prohibition should be lifted immediately. Also, the seized e-rickshaws should be released without imposing any fine on the drivers. If the government fails to meet our demands, we shall resort to calling a Cachar bandh in the coming days.�
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Dr S Laxmanan has assured the irked drivers that a decision on the issue will be taken after the Traffic Review Committee analyses the pros and cons of the situation in a meeting on September 6.
�The issue will be placed before the Traffic Review Committee meeting. We shall work-out a solution based on whatever is possible as per law,� the Deputy Commissioner said.