GUWAHATI, Oct 3 - For the first time in the north-eastern region, prepaid taxi services have started operating at the Guwahati airport.
The services were inaugurated at the airport by Ramendra Narayan Kalita, MLA, Guwahati (West), Sanjeev Jindal, Regional Executive Director, AAI-North East, Ramesh Kumar, Airport Director, Guwahati, and senior officials of the Assam Police.
Addressing the media about the new taxi service, Kalita termed it a historic move by the Airports Authority of India. The opening of this prepaid taxi services will help boost tourism, provide jobs to local people and benefit passengers coming to the Northeast, he said.
The service is available from this booth for a minimum distance of 5 km, extending up to foreign locations like Bhutan, apart from all the NE cities.
AAI Regional Executive Director Jindal, expressing the concerns of the local taxi drivers and tour operators, said that their interests will also be taken into consideration as they are also among the main stakeholders in operating the cab services at the airport.
It will offer competitive rates and a healthy atmosphere for all taxi drivers with ample scope and space for extending services to other locations, he said.
The AAI will also provide basic amenities to taxi operations at the parking area like seating shed, toilets, drinking water and assistance booth, he added.
Ramesh Kumar, Airport Director, LGBI Airport, urged taxi drivers, tour operators and stakeholders to keep the parking area neat and clean for branding the image of NE.