Tourism taxis in Bengaluru was flagged off by Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and Tourism Minister Sa R Mahesh.
Tourism department – Tourism taxis :
The department of tourism plays an important role and acts as a incendiary in placing the State on the list of must visit places. The department reaches through several policy formulation measures that cover the infrastructure development at tourism destinations.
Skill development for better employment opportunities, Mega Circuit Development and last mile connectivity and providing tourism taxis are the priority. The department also provides monetary incentives that come from policy formulation.
Distribution of tourism taxis :
The tourism department is planning to distribute 1470 tourism taxis to those persons who belong to the economically weaker section.
According to Priyanka Mary Francis, Tourism Director, every year the department of Tourism gives away taxis to empower people. This happens at the district level.
For the current year the department is planning to distribute 1470 tourism taxis. The process of selection involves candidates scrutiny by the selection committee in each district.
Once the candidates are shortlisted the deputy commissioners will finalize the list. A subsidy of Rs.3 lakhs will be provided by the tourism department to the selected candidates to purchase the taxis.
Candidates selection – Tourism taxis :
These taxis are different from the taxis run by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation operates to and fro from the Kempegowda International Airport.
The taxis are given a permit to travel anywhere.
The candidates for thesetaxis are selected on the basis of their income, driving licence and their capability of repayment of loan.
The minimal educational qualification to avail this opportunity is 10th class pass. Preference will be given to those candidates who apply from other districts. Bengaluru city gets a minimum share.