The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to set up 30 taxi stands across the city with basic facilities for passengers, including drinking water and refreshment.
The stands will also have provisions for maintaining data on taxis and drivers in the queue.
“The CMC and Calcutta police have done a survey and we have already started working on the list,” transport minister Madan Mitra said. “We are looking at spots from where encroachers can be removed.”
Care would be taken so that traffic and thoroughfares were not obstructed by the stands, the minister said.
Sources said spots in Behala, Shyambazar, Maniktala, Kasba and Bhowanipore were on the list. New stands could be built in these areas or existing ones might be converted into terminals.
The government is eyeing a private-public model to develop and lease out the stands.
“The operators will maintain a register containing photos of the drivers and their vehicle numbers. If any driver refuses to carry a passenger, penal action will be initiated against him,” Mitra said.
“Unless there is a system of maintaining records in taxi stands, it is difficult to track down offenders.”