Himachal Tourism to introduce Radio Taxi

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taxiShimla: To save tourists from facing transport problems, tourism department intends to introduce “Radio Taxi” service in major destinations Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Palampur, Dalhousie and Nahan in association with transport department, Manisha Nanda secretary tourism disclosed.

The service involves being able to requisition for a taxi that is closest to the passenger by telephone and the GPS system installed in the vehicle enables distances and directions to be decided at the start of the journey for arriving at a justifiable fare, a spokesman explained.

Presiding over a meet, Nanda asked officials to ensure timely completion of the tourism projects, especially those funded by union tourism ministry under circuits and destination schemes.

She said that the Home-Stay Scheme was becoming more popular as till date about 100 home stays had been registered and another dozen were in the registration process.

She said that various training courses would be organized which included trekking guide and mountain rescue courses at Bharmaur, Shimla and at Mcleodganj, advanced water sports course at Pong Dam, Chamera and Gobind Sagar, river rafting guide training courses at Kullu in river Beas and tourist guide courses at Banjar, Sujanpur, Una, Nahan and at Solan.

Last year the department had trained about 2040 people in various disciplines, she said. Trekking expeditions in batches of 30 people would be organised from Dharamshala to Triund-Indrahar Pass in Kangra district, Manali to Beas Kund in Kullu district and Khara Pathar-Giriganga-Kupar-Jubbal in Shimla district.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

2 Comments

  • NITYIN says:

    Taming the taxi wallas in Himachal is an herculean task. The govt till date has not been able to implement the meter taxi system in any of the cities properly. Radio taxi can be a good option but only if this is operated by a company. It will be easier to keep a check on company’s way of functioning rather than having a body of individual taxi drivers like taxi union. Wishing every bit of luck to the tourim Commissioner in her endeavor. Previous experiences of dealing with taxi unions/drivers have proved to be damp squib.

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