Kolkata: The West Bengal Government today
ruled out a hike in bus, minibus and taxi fares following
recent increase in fuel prices, saying the present situation
did not merit it and warned of stern action if the transport
operators went for a strike.
Transport Minister Ranjit Kundu said after a meeting with
the operators, "Though the operators` profit margin can reduce
to a some extent with the hike in petroleum prices, the
situation does not demand a hike in bus, minibus and taxi
fares putting pressure on common people."
Moreover, he said, with the government deciding to share
a portion of the operators` additional burden by levying a
cess of Re 1 per litre of diesel, their business will not
suffer much; only their margin will be reduced to a some
The operators on their part threatened to organise
strikes and agitations to protest against the minister`s
refusal to accept their demands, but left the decision pending
till a joint meeting of the operators was held tomorrow.