Bus operators in Bengal threaten to go on strike from Jan 28

KOLKATA: A section of bus operators in West Bengal on Tuesday threatened to go on a three-day strike from January 28 if their demands for lowering diesel prices and an increase in fares are not met.

Announcing the plan to go on a strike, Joint Council of Bus Syndicates general secretary Tapan Banerjee demanded that GST be levied on diesel in place of various taxes imposed by the Centre and the states.

“Diesel prices, which have been skyrocketing like a bullish share market, must be brought down,” Banerjee told reporters here.

He also demanded that the West Bengal government take a positive decision on bus fare hike in view of the rising operating costs and lower passenger revenue owing to Covid pandemic, failing which he said that the bus operators will go on a three-day strike across the state from January 28.