Kolkata: A committee has been formed to prepare a report to regulate bus fare with the price of fuel led by Additional Chief Secretary of the state Transport department, Alapan Banerjee. This comes at the time when the state government has been forced to give its nod to increase the bus fare by Re 1 for every 4 km, as the diesel price has gone up at an alarming rate.
Following a meeting headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, with bus owners and operators associations, the state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said: “It has been thought to develop a mechanism, based on which the bus fare will get regulated as per the rate of diesel.”
He further said that a team that will be led by Banerjee, will prepare a report in this connection. The report will be prepared within a month and has to be submitted for the Chief Minister’s approval. Once the mechanism is in place, the bus fare will go down if the diesel price decreases and it will go up if bus operators have to buy the same at a higher price. But the regulatory commission will not be followed.
It may be mentioned that this is the first time when such a step has been taken in the state and it would immensely help commuters.
According to experts, this is going to be a unique step that the state Transport department would take, thanks to which people would not have to pay more when fuel prices decrease.