Travellers from Meghalaya to Assam and vice versa are having a harrowing time due to the sudden halt of movement of passenger vehicles between the two states.
Since November 22, the Assam Police has advised vehicles to avoid entering Meghalaya for safety.
Reports said that at various entry points to Meghalaya including at Guwahati and Cachar districts, the Assam police personnel put up barricades and asked people not to travel to Meghalaya in vehicles bearing Assam registration numbers.
According to many passengers, there were no Meghalaya passenger vehicles plying to Guwahati including to the airport and railway station. Similarly, no passenger vehicles from Assam are coming to Meghalaya.
Passengers said they had to board taxis from Guwahati airport or from the railway station till Jorabad where some Meghalaya passenger vehicles are waiting.
“It’s only from Jorabad that I got a taxi to come to Shillong today,” a passenger told Highland Post.
The lack of taxis travelling between Shillong and Guwahati has caused hardship to people especially those who need medical treatment in Guwahati hospitals and also those having to travel outside by air or trains.
Meanwhile, many shopkeepers in the city expressed fear that food stocks may run out if vehicles from Assam continue to avoid entering Meghalaya.
Stockists in Paltan Bazar and Ïew Mawlong, the two main trading centres of Shillong, said that no rice ferrying truck has arrived from Guwahati since November 22.