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Rapido seeks time as Transport dept wants permission details
Staff Reporter

 GUWAHATI, Aug 28 - Rapido bike taxi service has sought six weeks time from the Transport department to produce relevant documents that enable the service to operate in the city.

The Transport department had on August 25 slapped a three days’ notice on the bike aggregator to produce permits under which it was operating in the city.

“On the last day today, our men even went to their office. They could not produce any documents. But they have sought six weeks time to get the required permission from the agencies concerned,” a Transport department official said, adding that the department was considering their plea.

A Rapido official said the bike aggregator had approached the Transport department much before the notice was slapped on it.

“We had approached the Commissioner’s office seeking the permission,” he said. The aggregator said that in absence of a policy in the State, it was not clear as to how and what regulations would be enforced.

“The policy should be the same for everyone. There are three other bike taxi aggregators in the city, but no one has been given any notice,” the Rapido official said.

Rapido currently operates around 1,000 bike taxis in the city. The service had been flagged off in Guwahati by Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya.

The service has been launched in Shilling as well.

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