West Bengal Lockdown: Minister of State West Bengal Lockdown – Minister asks bus owners to resume services now for Transport Firhad Hakim met on Monday afternoon with bus operators to urge them to resume their services as rapidly as possible. Because of the rising fuel price and the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, the operators have called for a price increase.
At present, only 5% of coaches are on the road, according to the bus owners.
Besides Hakim, MLA Swarna Saha at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and officials from bus owners’ associations attended the meeting.
“We asked bus operators to resume bus operations immediately, Hakim said to reporters after the meeting. These talks [on their demands] will then be held. You suggested a fare walk. But from the common man’s point of view, one should also think. The government can’t just decide on bus operators.”
After the lockdown last year, West Bengal Lockdown – Minister asks bus owners to resume services now the bus operators also proposed a fare rise. To discuss their demands, the state had established a one-member expert committee.
“We resumed our bus services last year but we did not announce a fare hike. Bus operators are suffering a massive loss as fuel price increases and Covid increase,” said General Secretary Tapan of the Joint Board of Bus Union.
West Bengal Lockdown – Minister asks bus owners to resume services now
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Transportation minister Firhad Hakim of West Bangal acknowledged the problems facing commuters, saying that if private buses continue to refuse to resume operations, the government will need strict measures.
In the west of Bengal, private buses declined to ply on Sunday, adding to the daily traffic in the midst of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). This happens even after the government led by Mamata Banerjee warned against strict measures if private buses were not willing to hit the highways.
Without revising the current fare structure in view of increased fuel prices, private buses are refusing to hit the road.
West Bengal’s Minister for Transport Firhad Hakim on Saturday recognised the problem facing the travelling public and said that if private buses continue to refuse to resume operations, the government would have to take strict measures. He also pledged to make operational the whole fleet of government busses—800 buses in Kolkata and another 3,000 in the rest of the state—to control the issue of transport.
Minister asks bus owners to resume services now
Minister of State Firhad Hakim will soon meet with the Joint Bus Union Council, according to the IndiaTaza report. The resumption of private buses will probably relieve passengers, some of whom have had to pay more than five times for cab fares.
Taking into account the situation of Covid-19, bus services were suspended in Western Bengal until mid-May. The limitations have been lifted recently, although they have a limit of 50%.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, West Bengal Lockdown – Minister asks bus owners to resume services now the rates of car fuel surged, with state oil firms raising gasoline prices by 35 and diesel by 18 pairs a litre in two months at the 34th rise, costing both fuels more than 10 per cent, a day after the results of five polls were revealed, on 4 May. The last rise brought petroleum rates to a level of €100 a litre in Delhi and Kolkata at a level of €99.51 and €99.45 a litre in total. The new Delhi and Kolkata diesel rates amount to €/kin 89.36 per litre and to €/kin 92.27.
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