It is mandatory for the taxi operators to use meters in their vehicles and to charge customers as per rate fixed on reading of the meter. But the law remains dormant and the tourists left to the mercy of operators. It has been affecting very adversely Orissa Tourism.
Reminding the transport department of their responsibility to enforce provision of meters in the taxis, Tourism Minister S.N.Patro has given a month for its implementation. The officials are asked to have discussions with taxi owners through their organization and settle the rate chart to be enforced.
No taxi without the required meter will be allowed to run on road after a month, Patro has stipulated.
Patros decision is expected to benefit thousands of tourists to the temple city of Bhubaneswar where there are more than a thousand ancient temples and monuments to visit.