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Mnp students protest against abnormal passenger fare hike

Mnp students protest against abnormal passenger fare hike
Students protesting against abnormal passenger fare hike in Imphal on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 30 | Publish Date: 1/30/2021 11:02:21 AM IST

After Manipur government allegedly failed to check abnormal hike in the passenger fare, students on Saturday came out onto the streets in Imphal to protest against the unchecked fare hike.

The students alleged that they were in a situation unable to go for study as fare has been hiked triple times compared to the post COVID-19 lockdown fare.

Denouncing the abnormal hike in fare and stating that it has directly hit their study, a large number of students of Imphal College boycotted their classes for the day and staged a protest in front of their college along Tiddim Road. (Imphal-Churachandpur Road) 

The students displayed placards with slogans against unusual hike in the passenger fare which led to disturbance of normal traffic movement on the highway.

Police who rushed to the spot no sooner the protest started put the students under control a major traffic jam could be caused on the busy street.

They said private passenger service vehicles hiked the fare three times higher than the normal fare taking advantage of the restriction imposed on them under COVID-19 SOP. However, none of them care about the SOP, the students alleged.

At the same time, the hike in the fare has put the students in a situation where they have to work to earn money to meet the fare to attend college.

“Are we going to work for two or three days to earn money to meet fare for a day,” H Dayanada, a student taking part in the protest asked.

He demanded that authorities of the state government should check the manner in which private transporters are fixing the fare. They fixed the fare at their own will, he added.

While urging the pertinent authority to come up with a government policy to fix the fare regularly, he appealed to transporters to give concessions to college and school going students.

The state government should intervene and fix the fare immediately. Delay in government action could invite intense forms of agitations from the student community, the students warned.

The protest of the students came three days after the schools and colleges in the state re-opened since January 27 for resumption of classes for the Standard-IX and above.

Various civil society organisations and student bodies have been pressing the concerned authorities of the state government to check the ever hiking passenger fare in the state after public transport resumed with the unlocking of the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

They alleged that in the name of following the COVID-19 SOP, private passenger service operators had hiked the fare two times the normal fare though they  did not follow the SOP.

 

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