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Bus fares in districts revised

Calcutta, Nov. 20: The Mamata Banerjee government today announced a partial rollback of bus fares in the districts of Bengal.

Bus fares in the districts other than Darjeeling will be Rs 5 for the first 4km with 50 paise for every subsequent kilometre from tomorrow. (See chart)

In effect, it is a roll back of five paise for every kilometre after the 4km threshold from the hike the government announced on October 31.

Private transport operators were unhappy with today’s decision and many of them said they were considering alternative means of livelihood.

“We have considered all the aspects of business while arriving at this new fare structure. This will take immediate effect,” said Partha Chatterjee, the industries minister and chairman of the group of ministers on transport.

“We hope this will address confusions, if any, among long-distance passengers who have been complaining over the past few days about the fares.”

On Friday evening, the government had announced a partial rollback of bus fair in Calcutta, triggering confusion in the districts.

Bus owners in Hooghly had taken their buses off the roads for a day yesterday following scuffles between conductors and passengers who thought Friday’s fare revision for Calcutta was also applicable in the districts.