Vehicles operating from Siliguri to Darjeeling-Mirik will remain closed on January 11

Siliguri, 09th January: Vehicles operating from Siliguri to Darjeeling and Mirik will remain closed on January 11. Due to the protest called by Terai Drivers Organization, over 500 drivers will not drive on the day.

Addressing a press conference in Siliguri today, the members of the organization said that since 2012, the government-determined fare for vehicles travelling from Siliguri to Darjeeling has not been increased from the present Rs 130. Due to this, drivers are facing difficulties supporting their families in the present scenario. In view of this, the drivers have demanded a fare hike.

Apart from this, tourists vehicle has to get permission from Darjeeling Police to visit Tiger Hill. In this context, organization officials said that it takes 1 day to get the said permission. Due to this, the drivers face a loss of one full day.

To tackle this situation, the organization has put forward a demand to open a centre in Siliguri where the drivers can apply and receive permission to take tourists to Tiger Hill and return on the same day. A letter has also been sent by the organization to the district administration in support of this demand.

12 thoughts on “Vehicles operating from Siliguri to Darjeeling-Mirik will remain closed on January 11

  1. Sonam Tshering says:

    Even if the fare is hiked or not, who will determine whether the fare will be implemented without the drivers charging whatever they feel like or not. Tourism is the main source of our livelihood but still there is no proper transparency regarding these things. Make some attractive sign boards with the updatedable fares at all relevant places. We r in 2021 but still shamefully we don’t pride in getting astride with the modern times.

  2. Anonymous says:

    They always charge 200-250 every ride, and they take opportunity to charge even 300 with full occupancy. In the last one year I have never paid 130. I did not even know that. I thought 150 was the minimum they charged, and 200 always. Will they first return all the extra money they have charged till now? It’s high way burglary. Even media should verify truth before writing this.

  3. Shyamal Bhattachajee says:

    They charge Rs.300.00 per passenger. They behave very badly and stinks. They stop here or there to pick up or drop passengers. They should be brought to book. Police is in conniving with them. Shame to Darjeeling and Siliguri Police.

  4. Suhani Khan says:

    I would like to say that…the people who are saying that they take excessive fare from passengers then raise your voice give a complain to the police…you people only know to discuss this things in social media..and as all people knows the rising rate of diesel and petrol,how they will feed their families?? How they will maintain their taxis?? U should think of that all can see after lockdown very few ppl goes out, drivers don’t get passengers…

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