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Bus strike in south today

Calcutta, Aug. 3: Associations of eight private bus operators today served a notice to the government demanding subsidy to run their vehicles. The government has seven days to respond.

The associations demanded withdrawal of enhanced motor vehicle taxes, traffic fines, sales tax on diesel and hiked permit fees. President of Bengal Bus Syndicate Swarnakamal Saha said: “We will be forced to withdraw our vehicles from the roads if the government fails to consider our demands.”

The Joint Council of Bus Operators’ Association also called a day’s strike tomorrow to protest the “illegal” plying of buses in South 24-Parganas. “We know commuters from Jadavpur, Garia, Behala and the rural belt will be inconvenienced but we were left with no option,” said an official.

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