Kolkata: Taxi operators were on Wednesday permitted by the West Bengal government to use rooftop advertisements on their cabs to "earn extra money," but a fare hike was ruled out.
"No taxi fare hike right now, but I have allowed them to use advertisements boxes on the top of vehicles to earn extra money," Transport minister Madan Mitra told reporters after meeting taxi operators at the state secretariat.
A committee headed by Transport Secretary B P Gopalika has been set up to ensure that the advertisements are as per the government notification, he said.
The minister said that the advertisements should not be a cause for "visual pollution."
Other demands such as hike in night surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent and alleged police excess would be looked into, he said.
At least ten pre-paid taxi booths would be set up in Kolkata and Howrah soon, he added while also warning taxi operators against refusing passengers.
"A section of taxi operators have failed to establish relations with passengers in a proper manner. They must stop refusal in the interest of passengers convenience," he said.
Also, 20 toll-free numbers would be operationalised for registering passenger complaints.
Taxi operators, who have called for a two-day strike from June 6, have agreed to sit with the minister on June 4 to resolve their issues.