Kolkata: Commuters in the city and three
adjoining districts faced a tough time on Thursday with various
transport associations taking their buses and taxis off the
roads in response to a strike demanding increase in passenger
fares following the hike in diesel prices.
The transport associations earlier ignored an appeal by
the government to withdraw the strike.
In the city, office-goers and school children were put to
great hardship in the absence of nearly 1,800 mini-buses and
30,000 taxis on the roads. Many commuters were found waiting
at bus stops for a good length of time as attendance in
Besides mini-buses and taxis, a large number of private
buses remained off the roads in the city and three adjoining
districts of North 24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly in support
of the strike.
Earlier, Transport Minister Subrata Bakshi had appealed
to the transporters to withdraw the strike seeking time to
consider the demands of a hike in passenger fares.
However, the largest operators` unions Bengal Bus
Syndicate and the Joint Council of Bus Syndicates did not join
However, Metro services came to the rescue of many
commuters whose offices or schools fell on or near the route
of the trains.