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.