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Assam transport operators go on lightning strike
Published on 2 Jul. 2010 11:06 PM IST
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The Assam government today relented to increase fares of commercial vehicles by August 10, while managing to persuade private bus and trekker owners in Guwahati to call off their strike demanding immediate revision of fares after the hike in diesel prices.
The decision to increase fares was taken at a meeting between Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (metro), Prateek Hajela, and representatives of the private bus and trekker owners and other stakeholders, including police officials.
‘’The new rates will be notified by August 10. The government has to follow some standard rules for revising the bus fares and we will proceed accordingly,’’ Mr Hajela told reporters after the meeting.
The bus owners’ association has also expressed satisfaction at the government’s initiative.
Earlier in the day, unruly scenes were witnessed at various parts of Guwahati when an impromptu strike by private buses and trekkers brought life to a halt in the city.
The police made a lathi-charge to disperse miscreants preventing passengers from boarding buses at the Adabari stand here after private transport owners went on a lightning strike here today to protest the fuel price hike, police sources said.
The passengers waiting at the stand to board long-distance buses buses from lower Assam said that they were roughed up by the miscreants.
A bus driver of the state-run Assam State Transport Corporation was seriously injured by miscreants in Khanapara area when he declined to participate in the strike, the sources said. He was admitted to hospital.
Commuters were greatly inconvenienced by the unnannounced private transport strike. Private buses and passenger jeeps had also increased the minimum fare from Rs three to Rs five yesterday.
Transport minister Chandan Brahma said that the fare hike was illegal and warned of strong action.
The Kamrup district administration has convened an emergency meeting of private bus and passenger jeep owners to resolve the problem. On June 29, a 24-hour transport strike had been observed against the fuel hike.

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