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Taxis to ply in Sikkim with riders

By A correspondent

GANGTOK, May 5 - Taxis have started plying in Sikkim under the odd-even formula from today. This comes after the State Government scrapped a previous notification, allowing only private vehicles to ply. Significantly, private vehicles have now been barred from plying in the State after the taxis were permitted to operate.

�We are thankful that the Government has allowed us to operate as the lockdown was affecting our livelihood,� said Pritam, a driver here.

The Sikkim Government�s notification states that only three passengers, along with the driver, are allowed in a taxi, while in luxury vehicles only five persons are allowed.

Frequent notifications in the last few days have confused citizens who urged the Government through the social media to streamline its decisions.

Meanwhile, the heart of the State capital, MG Marg where standalone shops have been allowed to reopen, today saw bustling crowds shopping for essential items. However, this also raised concerns over adherence to social distancing norms.

State Urban Development Minister, on his visit to MG Marg, urged shoppers to maintain social distancing. Authorities concerned ordered closure of two shops for not maintaining proper distancing.

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