The district unit of Bus Operators’ Organisation has decided to join the indefinite bus strike called by State coordination committee of private bus owners from the midnight of October 29 to protest against the State government’s refusal to proportionately increase bus fare to match the increase in diesel price.

K. Radhakrishnan, general secretary of the organisation, announced here on Saturday that bus services had ceased to be viable after the last increase in diesel price and the State government’s failure to increase bus fares to meet the sharp rise in expenses for operating buses.

‘At a loss’

“We have been operating services at a loss in the last one month, hoping the government will raise bus fares. But it has not happened,” Radhakrishnan said.

He said the increase in bus fare was inevitable since the rise in diesel price had already triggered increase in prices of all essential commodities.

District president of the organisation P. Moideenkutty, speaking at a meeting of the district committee, also announced that all bus owners had extended support to the proposed indefinite strike.