Police pulled up for floating taxi booth tender

The Calcutta High Court today asked the state government to produce the records on the issue of the pre-paid taxi booth at Dum Dum Airport on Tuesday. During the hearing, it was revealed that the police floated the tender for setting up a taxi booth at the airport on March 27. This was done before obtaining space at the airport area. The police requested the airport authority for land by a letter dated April 13.

Justice Dipankar Dutta questioned the police authorities as to how did they float the tender before getting land at the airport.

Earlier, the Bengal Taxi Association operated a pre-paid taxi booth in agreement with the airport authorities. This agreement expired on March 31. But the airport authority extended the agreement period for two more weeks. Meanwhile, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate decided to set up a taxi booth there, to be run by the police.

On April 13, the police went to the airport to demolish the existing taxi booth. The taxi association challenged the decision of the police in the High Court, which stayed the action of the police on April 14.

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