Durgapur, Dec. 14: The regional transport authority today requested minibus owners in Burdwan not to collect the increased fares from passengers from today and took a week’s time to distribute the government-approved revised fare chart.
The Telegraph today reported that the minibus operators had decided to charge Rs 6 instead of Rs 5 for the first slab of 4km and 50 paise for every subsequent kilometre from today. They had threatened to take their vehicles off roads if the passengers refused to pay the increased fares.
Although the government declared the revised fare — the Re 1 increase — on October 31, the regional transport officer had said yesterday that the chart was yet to reach him. Transport minister Madan Mitra had claimed he had sent the chart to the districts two weeks ago.
“The RTO today requested us not collect the increased fares now and sought seven days’ time to give us the government-approved chart. We have decided to wait one more week,” said Aloke Chatterjee, the secretary of the Durgapur Subdivisional Minibus Operators’ Association.
“We hope to give them an official fare chart by next Thursday. We have urged them not take the increased fares on their own before that as it may create confusion among passengers,” said Asish Saha, the RTO of Burdwan.