No taxi fare hike, unions shouldn't fall in left trap: Bengal Minister

West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra on Tuesday dismissed any immediate fare hike as demanded by taxi unions.

Kolkata: West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra on Tuesday dismissed any immediate fare hike as demanded by taxi unions.

The minister, however, promised the drivers to pay for repairing their vehicles which were damaged during the agitations and bear the medical expenses of those injured at that time.

"There will be no fare hike at this moment and we have requested the drivers not to fall in the trap of CPI(M) and BJP," Mitra said.

The minister called upon taxi drivers today at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra here to address their demands which besides fare hike, included dropping of legal proceedings against 450 taxis and withdrawal of Rs 3,000 as penalty for passenger refusal.

"The Progressive Taxi Men's Union will pay for the repairing of the damaged vehicles during the agitation as well as bear the expenses of those injured then," the Trinamool Congress leader said after the meeting.

Describing the taxi unions' 'indefinite' strike as a ploy to put the state government in a wrong position, Mitra asked the drivers to submit their demands in written form at the Progressive Taxi Men's Union's office which would be forwarded to the transport department for consideration.

Trade Unions, yesterday, called off their 'indefinite' strike after West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi promised to discuss the matter with the state government.

Apart from their 'indefinite' strike (from September 18), taxi unions backed by several trade unions including CITU, INTUC have called flash strikes since August in support of their demand and protest against police 'atrocities'.