Inaugurated by Dr. Gavit, Minister for Tourism, GoM. The training for Safe driving and etiquettes for the Taxi Drivers in Mumbai
As part of the initiatives launched under Visit Golden Maharashtra programme, Maharashtra Economic Development Council (MEDC) in association with MultiNet Worldwide yesterday launched soft skills training programme for taxi drivers and auto rickshaw drivers of Maharashtra. The initiative was inaugurated yesterday by Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra who emphasised on the fact that taxi and auto rickshaw drivers give the first impression of a city to tourists. “Hence, this initiative will help to enhance the service quality and approach of the state’s taxi and auto rickshaw drivers, giving a better experience to the travellers,” added Gavit.
The training will be conducted by For She Travels and Logistics. MEDC plans to train about two lakh taxi drivers in batches of 100-150 drivers. The initiative is expected to span to about eight months. The training will impart awareness about safe driving, fuel conservation, grooming and etiquettes, emergency response, knowledge of traffic rules and regulations, as well as educate the drivers about tourist spots in the state. The initiative will be initially launched in five cities including Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nagpur.“The training programme will be followed by a skill test, post which the candidates will be given a certificate of competency and acknowledgment sticker for their taxis,” informed Vithal Kamat, President, MEDC. The Department of Tourism (DoT), Government of Maharashtra and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) have supported the initiative.