The West Bengal government has constituted a high-power committee, headed by an IAS officer, to resolve problems relating to autorickshaw operations in the State.

Announcing this, Transport Minister Madan Mitra said the Managing Director of the West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC), Ashis Thakur, would head the committee and submit his report to the government as soon as possible.

The committee, among others, would comprise four RTOs and some senior officials of the transport department and police.

Problems related to autorickshaw operations include disagreement over earmarking of various routes and reviewing fare structure in each of them.

Meanwhile, the Minister held a meeting with members of the Kolkata-Haldia Tankers Owners' Association and persuaded them to withdraw their threat to go on a day's strike on Monday protesting murder of a tanker driver near Bally.

Safe route

Mr. Mitra assured the association members that arrangements would be made for a police escort between Bagnan and Haldia to prevent anti-social activities and ensure their safety.

The body of a tanker driver Sailendra Singh (28), a resident of Bihar's Siwan, was found on Sunday near Bally bridge toll plaza.

The association earlier threatened to go on strike protesting against law and order problems and demanding adequate security on the stretch. - PTI

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