Private bus owners call for strike from March 14

Private bus owners call for strike from March 14

The government did not agree with the bus owners' demands including an increase in the concession rates of students.

The meeting at the Secretariat between Mr. Vijayan and the office-bearers of the Private Bus Operators Confederation, a forum of 12 operators' associations, will take place after the Cabinet meeting.

Yesterday, Transport minister AK Saseendran held a almost two-hour long meeting with the association members at the government guest house to find a solution to their issues.

Bhubaneswar: The All Odisha Private Bus Owners' Association (AOPBWA) today threatened to launch a 24-hour bus strike in the State from March 14 protesting against non-fulfillment of their various long-standing demands. In the absence of private buses, state transport bus company KSRTC operated additional services for commuters over the last four days, and reported higher earnings to the tune of almost Rs 7 crore each day.

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The meeting convened by transport minister, here, on Sunday, failed to reach into a consensus with the private bus owners.

The bus operators have been on a strike since February 16, two days after the government raised the minimum bus fare from Rs 7 to Rs 8. But, the operators refused to call off the strike.

The government had also warned the bus operators that their permits would be cancelled if they planned to continue with their strike.

According to bus owners, the hike in bus fare announced by the state government earlier in the week is not sufficient to meet their running cost. It has, instead, suggested a 25 per cent hike in the subsequent fare stages proportionate to the hike brought into effect for other passengers.