LF to organise rally to protest recent "huge " bus fare hike
Alleging that the recent bus fare hike was 'huge' and the result of a 'conspiracy between the state Government and bus operators', the Opposition Left Front today said it would organise a massive protest rally in the city on November 20.
"The recent hike in bus fares is a joint conspiracy by the West Bengal government and bus owners' association to hoodwink the people. In protest, the Left Ftront Kolkata unit plans to organise a mega-rally on November 20, " Kolkata Left Front Committee convener Dilip Sen said.
He said though prices of diesel had recently been hiked by 13 per cent, the increase in bus fares as high as by 75 per cent because of a 'tricky formulation' of stages for restructuring of fares.
He said the manner in which the restructuring had been effected saw in many cases fares jump from Rs four to seven, Rs six to nine and Rs seven to eleven.
" At the same time, there has been a massive rise in the fare of long distance buses as well by around Rs 40, " Mr Sen said.
He demanded that the state Government adopt a two-pronged policy to give relief to passengers.
" First, the Government should review the changed bus fare structure and bring changes that are in parity with the diesel price hike. Secondly, the state Government should provide some subsidy, like forgoing the state's additional tax following the increase in diesel price. " He said the previous Left Front Government had provided similar subsidies to lessen the burden on passengers while restructuring bus fares following increase in fuel prices.