Shillong: Taxis driven by women for women
passengers is being mulled by the Meghalaya government on
special routes in the state capital.
The first batch of 50 all-women taxis would be run
on a trial basis at fixed times and certain routes, within the
main city limits.
"We have mooted the plan for fifty taxis and the
Regional Transport Authority at its meeting in December will
decide on the modalities of operation," Transport minister A T
"Various facets will have to be taken into
consideration like area of operation, timings and other
restrictions," he said.
Besides women, the taxis will allow children below 14
years of age as passengers.
The drivers would be drawn from among 50 educated
women. "We have already received a huge pile of applications
for permits by women graduates seeking to venture into driving
these all women cabs," Mondal said.
"Depending on the response it generates, plans to
expand the service will be taken up," Mondal said.
Stating that the transport department was drawing up a
complete plan for starting the service on the basis, Mondal
said the service will have special features.
"We have considered giving specific color codes
to the taxis and thought of five colors - pink, purple, green,
blue and sky blue," he said.
Women driven taxis took to the streets in the
financial capital of the country, Mumbai, in 2007 and the
success of the service was later emulated across Maharashtra.