On Wednesday (9 December 2020), the students representing ‘Sanatani Seva Sangstha’ submitted a memorandum in the SP office and Traffic Branch for opening the direct route from Rangirkhari Point to Shillongpatty Point, via Hospital Road. This has been in continuation to the student protests and road blockages in demand of reducing the transportation fares.
The memorandum by students read, “We, the students of ‘Sanatani Seva Sangstha’ accompanied by various other students from different educational institutions had earlier submitted a memorandum to you on 10th November 2020 for reducing the Auto/Tuktuk/Traveller/Sumo fares in the district. Sir, we also blocked the College Road and Capital Point on 17th November and 1st December respectively, in support of our demand. After two road blocks, we finally had a meeting with different transport unions in DTO office. After the meeting, the Sumo/Traveller/Cruisers strictly agreed to maintain the government provided rates for fare collection. The Auto Union also agreed for charging Rs.10 per kilometre inside the town. However, one important reason behind the raise in fare inside the town was cited in the meeting. The administration has barred the movement of Auto/Tuktuk from the Rangirkhari Point to Shillongpatty point, directly through the Hospital Road.”
The memorandum further read, “Due to this, the Auto and Tuktuks arriving from Rangirkhari Point to Shillongpatty point have to charge extra amount, for the extra fuel that is burnt while moving through the long route of Chandicharan Road, Shamshan Road, Ambicapatty chourongee, Church Road and finally dropping back at Shillongpatty point.”
The Superintendent of Police has said to the students that he shall look into the matter and make adjustments as much as possible.