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Private bus operators threaten stir seeking fare revision

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Say they will go on indefinite agitation from Feb 1

Private buses across the State will keep off the road from February 1 as part of an indefinite strike demanding fare hike.

Talking to the media here, representatives of the All Kerala Bus Operators Coordination Committee said the five organisations representing private bus operators decided to go on an indefinite strike in view of the spiralling fuel prices and operational costs.

Owners’ representatives V.T. Sebastian and T. Gopinathan said the strike would continue till the fares were increased as per the recommendations of the Ramachandran Fare Revision Committee. They also demanded that the student concession be limited to 50% of the fare. “We will not be able to provide more than 50% of the fare as student concession. The minimum fare for students must be ₹5,” they said.

The operators would not pay vehicle tax till the government increased the fares. No fare increase had been effected in the past three years despite the rise in fuel prices. Insurance premium had also increased considerably, they said.

The operators decided to hold a dharna in front of the Secretariat on January 24 to press their demands.

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