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Spiralling oil prices: Bus owners in Assam appeal govt for fare hike

Bus travel in Assam may soon get costlier as private bus owners asked the state government to let them increase bus fare by at least 40 per cent after the hike in diesel price.

The bus owners also alleged that the state government has not paid importance to their demands even as price of diesel skyrocketed in recent times.

“We were called thrice for meeting with Chandra Mohan Patowary in the last few weeks but there has been no action from the government. They would agree verbally that our demands will be met but nothing happens practically. We are at a loss because of the high price of diesel, which is increasing every day,” Dinesh Kalita, vice president of All Assam Motor Transport Union told The News Mill.

Kalita, who is also an office bearer of Luxury Bus Owners Association, said that the government can only control bus fare whereas all other prices are going up.

“We have given all the details about how we are going to lose. Even the buses run under Assam State Transport Corporation are suffering. I hope the government does something before it’s too late,” added Kalita.

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