Indefinite bus strike in WB from Oct 9

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Crowd at a West Bengal governemnt-run bus (file photo)
Crowd at a West Bengal governemnt-run bus (file photo)

The Joint Council of Bus Syndicate, a major private bus operators’ body which runs over 34,000 buses in the metropolis, today expressed firm resolve to go ahead with its indefinite strike in West Bengal from October 9 to press for its demand for an immediate fare hike.

“There is no change in our stand on the strike,” Sadhan Das, Syndicate General-Secretary, said here.

“If the Bengal bus syndicate, mini-bus operators’ unions and taxi associations do not coordinate with us in the strike, we will go ahead with our own decision,” he said.

He said that after the recent diesel price hike, it had become totally unviable to run buses at old fares.

To a question, Das expressed hope that the Transport Minister, Madan Mitra would discuss the issue with them and find a solution.

(This article was published on October 2, 2012)
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In transport fare hike, I would like to mention here that It is only
in Bengal
I Karnataka, the bus fares automatically increased once the diesel or
petro products prices are increased. The Govt. follow this trend very
religiously. But it is only in Bengal where it is found to be
different. It appears that where neither people nor Govt. are
realistic and practical.
I dont understand when people of Bengal and Govt. will be practical
instead of living in dreams.

from:  Dr. KK Debnath
Posted on: Oct 3, 2012 at 20:32 IST

@ K.K.Debnath. Your opinion is absolutely clueless. Because no public
in Bengal is supporting the seizure of Bus fare in routes & problem
thereby in vanishing 70% regular buses from roads. This is only this
state Govt doing for the purpose of unrealistic pro people approach;
which is just refused by the same being practical. But they can't
reverse the process to increase the reasonable fare nor can offer the
bus conductor some extra fare. Only they can do is suffer. Where as
auto rickshaw being a non regulated public transport though not
increased fare publicly; but in many routes they increased fare out of
no previous methods were followed. Somewhere it increased Rs.1- & some
where Rs.3/- in every stages. This is a 'Public Loot' that Govt failed
to curb. It was rather more practical to let increase the fare at a
Govt declared reasonable rate. As public that is only our charter.

from:  Suvo Basu
Posted on: Oct 7, 2012 at 11:48 IST
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