Contribution of Public Transportation System in Economy: A case study of Auto Rickshaw in Lawngtlai Town

  • C. Lalthlamuana Assistant Professor, Department of Economics,Govt. Lawngtlai College
Keywords: Auto rickshaw, taxi, public transportation, employment, services, economic development, Lawngtlai.


Importance of Public Transportation in the country’s economic development cannot be overemphasized. Urbanization and economic development go hand-in-hand wherein the standard of communication significantly influence the rate of growth. The higher the level of development, the smoother the flow of transport and communication system. Rapid influx of population from surrounding areas in a particular place demands corresponding growth in all aspects of life. But income enhancement can only bring the desired development once it is supported by conscious public policy aimed at it. Like the rest of the country, the transport sector can be regarded as one of the largest job creators in Lawngtlai. Daily services of sumo to state capital Aizawl and the neighbouring towns and Villages and other transport vehicles generated income for all sections of the people in the district, apart from other services connected with transport sector like servicing, filling stations, workshops, spare-parts dealings and many more. Being the headquarters of both the Lai Autonomous District Council and the Civil Administration, Lawngtlai town offers huge demand for public transportation. However, people rely heavily on auto rickshaw due absence of reliable bus service, poor road connections of different localities and income constraints. Very few taxi can be seen plying around in some places for day to day living.