Former Mawlai legislator urges reconsideration of odd-even system in Meghalaya’s EKH district

June 5, 2023 by MT Bureau

Staff Reporter

Shillong, June 3: Former Mawlai legislator PT Sawkmie has asked the district administration of East Khasi Hills District to reconsider its decision to impose the odd-even system on public transport vehicles plying through the two commercials areas – Khyndailad and Motphran – in the city.

“The proposal of the district administration to ease the traffic congestion in the city of Shillong by applying the odd-even system to all the local taxis need to be reconsidered by the district administration on the ground that the proposed system will affect the taxi drivers directly and indirectly,” Sawkmie said in a statement issued here today.

He said any policy introduced by the government should be a pro-people policy and avoid such policies that are affecting the poor people.

Stating that commercial vehicles are paying hefty taxes, Sawkmie said therefore, the government should think properly about the problems faced by them.

The odd-even system is proposed to be enforced with effect from June 5.

The district administration has cited that the decision has been taken based on the order passed by the Meghalaya High Court to ease the traffic congestion in Shillong city.

However, the taxi associations have opposed the decision of the district administration and questioned its failure to impose similar order to private vehicles which are also contributing to the traffic jams in the city.