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Indefinite stir by bus operators from July 7

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 23. Private buses in the State will go off the road indefinitely from July 7 seeking a hike in the minimum bus fare to Rs. 3.50 and per km fare to 55 paise, the declaration of private bus service as an industry and stopping the issue of new bus permits, among other demands.

A decision to resort to an indefinite strike was taken at a meeting of the Kerala State Private Bus Operators Federation held in the capital today. According to the president and general secretary of the federation, Khalid Mundappilly and M. S. Prem Kumar, all private buses in the State will join the indefinite stir.

The other demands raised by the private bus operators include the cancellation of illegal bus concessions, reduction in motor vehicle tax which was hiked by 50 per cent and sales tax on diesel, steps to remit vehicle tax on a monthly basis as per the High Court verdict and steps to streamline the running time of buses in a scientific manner.

Stating that the private bus operators in the State were facing a crisis, they said the price of one litre of diesel had gone up by Rs. 6.78 in the State after the bus fare was revised in the Government in October 2001. Private bus operators had approached the Government on several occasions demanding revision of bus fare when the price of diesel had been hiked. The Government had failed to initiate any steps to implement the demands.

The federation leaders said the Government had not bothered to initiate any steps to reduce the road tax of private buses nor reduce the sales tax on diesel. The federation leaders said the Government had not bothered to implement the decisions taken at the meeting convened by the Minister of Transport, R. Balakrishna Pillai, in the presence of the UDF convenor, Ommen Chandy on January 21, 2001.

Mr. Mundappilly said the Government had not initiated any steps to implement the recommendations of the K. V. Ravindran Nair Commission set up to revise bus fare in the State. The National Transportation Planning and Research Centre, which was asked to submit report on fare revision based on the Ravindran Nair Commission, had also submitted its report to the Government. The federation leaders urged the Government to take steps to implement their demands at the earliest and avoid an indefinite strike.

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