Checkpost police holds coordination meeting with tourism stakeholders

Wed, Dec 5, 2018

GANGTOK: Sikkim Police checkpost branch on Tuesday held a coordination meeting with officials of Tourism department, Motor Vehicle Division and Traffic Police along with tourism stakeholders and taxi driver associations here at Tourist Information Centre, M.G. Marg.
The meeting was chaired by ADGP (checkpost) Akshay Sachdeva and discussed on the successful implementation of four months vehicular pass and to continue it further, informs a press release.
The next phase of the 4 months vehicular pass will be issued from March 15 to July 15 keeping in view the peak tourist season, it was informed.
The meeting also decided not to allow self-driven taxi zoom cars to the restricted/protected areas which may affect the business of the local travel agents and drivers. It has increased recently.  
The meeting decided that the tourist vehicles plying towards North Sikkim should enter the Toong picket post by 3:30 pm keeping in view the difficult road and climatic conditions. Earlier the deadline was by 2 pm.
The meeting also discussed on traffic problems, regular checking of hike rates and vehicle documents, the release mentions.
In his address, the ADGP (checkpost) called for safe and responsible tourism. He urged all to work collectively for the betterment of tourism and to bring laurels to the State. He stressed everyone to make genuine insurances and other vehicle related documents and also talked about the legalities behind it. He sought cooperation from all stakeholders and drivers for smooth functioning of tourism industry in Sikkim.
All the stakeholders lauded the efforts made by the checkpost branch, the release mentions.
The meeting was attended by representatives of TAAS, luxury tourist vehicle association, AASTHA, taxi drivers association etc.

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