The transport associations of Assam who had called for an Assam-Meghalaya border road blockage has called off the blockade after the Meghalaya Government issued a fresh set of guidelines easing the entry norms into the state.
Around ten different commercial vehicle associations of Assam came together to stage protest against Meghalaya's rule of restricting entry of cabs from Assam citing the COVID-19 situation.
As per the revised guidelines, transport departments of both Assam and Meghalaya are to ensure unhindered movement of vehicles between the two states so as to minimise the inconveniences faced and the loss of revenue incurred
The fresh set of guidelines stated three categories of Covid-19 protocol to be followed by travellers:
1. For tourists: An individual has to show the Covid-19 negative result of test, or he/she has to undergo the test at the entry point of Meghalaya.
2. For frequent visitors like drivers of tourist vehicles should take health card from Shillong or Byrnihat and as per protocol and have to undergo Covid-19 test after every ten days.
3. As for the people returning to Meghalaya from other states, they have to undergo Covid-19 test and have to remain in quarantine as per the existing protocol in Meghalaya.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Meghalaya alleged that no formal complaints were received regarding any kind of harassment or not allowing entry of vehicles from Assam into Meghalaya.
As per reports, the taxi associations were set to embark on a road blockage programme stalling vehicles from other north eastern states from entering the state.
The representatives of the various taxi associations would be holding a meeting with the Transport Commissioner today to discuss outer issues related to their operation.
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