GUWAHATI, Nov 5 – The Guwahati Nagarik Santha has asked the State government to provide necessary tax reliefs and government aid to the owners of city buses and trekkers so they can run their business without increasing the fares.
In a statement, the Santha has said that the government should also consider the proposal of providing subsidies to such business, because a large number of common people depend on these modes of public transport in the city.
According to Mitradev Sarmah, president of the Santha, the interest of common people should get highest priority in the meeting of Regional Transport Authority and the owners of city buses and trekkers, which is to be held during the current month, to decide on the revision of the bus and trekker fares.
“It was a mistake on the part of the government to declare that the bus fares would be hiked by 25 per cent during a State Cabinet meeting held at the official residence of the Chief Minister on October 15. The people of Guwahati would never accept such arbitrary decision of the government and its transport department,” the statement mentioned.
“City buses and trekkers are the lifeline of Guwahati city. Hence, it is very important that such services are available for people without any hassle. Moreover, scuffle between the passengers and the drivers, handymen etc., over the bus fare are very unfortunate incidents,” it mentioned.