MTDC plans to train cabbies to make Mumbai tourist-friendly

PTI Mumbai | Updated on February 01, 2013

In a bid to make the megapolis more tourist-friendly, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will soon embark on inculcating soft skills to taxi drivers, a top official said here.

“We will instil soft skills and knowledge about the tourist attractions to taxi drivers in Mumbai and Thane to make it easier for tourists,” MTDC Chairman Jagdish Patil said during an interaction at the Press Club here last evening.

He said a detailed module is being prepared to be on what should be taught to the drivers of the ubiquitous black and yellow cabs which have dominated the cityscape for long.

The focus will largely be on deploying audio-visual tools to make the drivers sensitive, Patil said, adding cleanliness and hygiene will also be included in the training.

The courses will take place in two time slots of three hours, one each in morning and evening, to make it convenient for the drivers to attend the classes, he said, adding help is also being sought from the Transport Commissioner.

He, however, did not give any time line for the courses or the target for the number of drivers to be trained.

According to reports, there are around 55,000 taxis in the city.

The MTDC is also mulling to rope in the over 3 lakh graduates across the State to promote tourism, Patil said.

Tourism Clubs planned

Under the scheme, titled Tourism Clubs, a college will “adopt” a nearby tourist destination and help tourism flourish at the place, he said.

Published on February 01, 2013

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