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Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee government has announced a hike in bus, taxi, and water transport fares across the state.

The announcement has been made by state transport minister Subhendu Adhikari today afternoon. This comes following a meeting held at state secretariat Nabanna with various transport operators’ associations that was chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The meeting was attended by the Joint Council of Bus Syndicates, Mini Bus Operators Coordination Committee, and the Intra and Inter-Region Bus Operators’ Association. The transport minister and the transport secretary Alapan Banerjee were present.

After the meeting, transport minister Adhikari announced that it has been decided to increase the fare for bus and minibus by Re 1 at every slab. Going by this, the minimum fare in a bus will now be Rs 7; in case of the minibus, it will be Rs 8.

The minister, however, did not make it clear as to from which date the revised fare will be implemented. Sources in the bus operators associations said that it will barely take a week until the transport department notifies the route-wise revised fare chart.

Adhikari said that corresponding to the hike in bus fare, the fare for taxi and ferry services will also be increased. The exact amount of increase for them will be announced later. He also said that the state government has decided to link the transport fare to that of the fluctuating prices of fuel.

“As we are increasing the fare now due to the rise in fuel prices accordingly, the fare will be reduced if the fuel prices fall. To work out the modalities for this, a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the transport secretary. The committee will finalise the matter within a month,” Adhikari said.

The hike in transport fares comes after nearly four years. The last time the fare was revised was in 2014.

In view of the announcement on the revision of fare, the Joint Council of Bus Syndicates has called off it is proposed transport strike in Kolkata and the adjoining districts that was scheduled for tomorrow 7 June.

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