Bus Fare Is Not Increased : With the expiration of the restrictions in the state, there could be a big problem in mobilizing public transport. Representatives of bus-minibus owners’ organizations are worried about keeping the service running at Rs 90 per liter. The state government is being informed about the matter through letters from several of their organizations.
In addition to this, the bus owners’ organizations have decided that today, from Wednesday, they will express their inability to start the service at the poster center on the bus standing at different stands. Some are even talking about stopping direct service one step further. As a result, uncertainty has been created about how many private buses and minibuses will be available on the roads after the ban is lifted. According to bus owners’ organizations, the price of diesel was Rs 64 per liter at the time of the lockdown due to overcrowding last year. Fearing a drop in passenger numbers, there was a demand for an increase in bus fares at that time. Although the rent has not increased in a year, the price of diesel has increased by Rs 26 per liter. With the exception of the middle few months, the bus is carrying almost nominal passengers. In addition to bus insurance, the cost of toll plazas has skyrocketed. It is alleged that several bus owners could not pay the installment money of the bank properly.
Rahul Chattopadhyay, general secretary of the All Bengal Bus-Minibus Coordinating Committee, said it was not possible to run a bus by buying expensive diesel in this situation. They are demanding an increase in fares in line with fuel prices. The Bus-Minibus Owners Association is sending a letter to the Chief Minister informing about the problem. Besides, they are pasting posters with the message ‘Didi save us’ on the buses of all the routes under their organization with the message to the Chief Minister of the state. Pradeepnarayan Basu, general secretary of the organization, said, “If the chief minister is not proactive, the service will come to a standstill.” Titu Saha, general secretary of the organization, said, “It is not possible for us to keep up with the reckless rise in diesel prices. It is impossible to keep the service running without a fare increase. ”
Transport officials, however, kept an eye on the situation but did not want to comment directly. They also looked at the government’s decision. However, the fire of diesel price hike has also hit the treasury of the government transport corporation. That is why the number of their buses on the road has been reduced a month ago. That trend may continue after a month. All in all, the misery of the passengers may increase during the bus.