Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Wednesday announced steep hike in fares to offset mounting losses of the transport corporations. The fares are raised by 1 Rupees per stage in Kolkata.
For the first time in four years the state has approved the fare hike in Transport sector. Transport department announced a hike in bus fares by Re 1for in every stage. Taxis fare will also be hiked.
Transport department earlier on the day held a meeting with bus owner and track owners to take decision on fare hike. A committee also formed to control the bus fare in the state.
Earlier, Bus and minibus operators called for strike on June 7 in Kolkata and adjoining districts demanding hike in fares owing to the steep increase in fuel prices, one of the largest public transport bus unions of West Bengal said.
Truckers in the state have also announced an indefinite strike from June 18 in line with their national body’s call to protest diesel price hike and to press for other demands related to alleged police excesses and overloading by transport agencies. Taxi operators in the state owing allegiance to Bengal Taxi Association have called a three-day strike from June 18 seeking hike in fares.