Kochi: Transport Minister Aryadan Muhammed has said that the bus fare cannot be hiked for the time being as an order of the High Court stipulates that the fare shall be increased only on the basis of the scientific study report of an expert committee.
“The government cannot act on the demands made by the bus owners until it receives the report of the Justice Ramachandran Nair Fare Revision Committee,” Aryadan told reporters here on Saturday.
Private buses are keeping off the road on Saturday as the Kerala State Private Bus Operators' Confederation have called for a token strike raising various demands including fare revision.
Leaders of the Bus Operators' Confederation told reporters that they decided to hold the strike following the government’s stand that it cannot consider the demands of the bus owners until it receives the report of the Fare Revision Committee.
Meanwhile, the All Kerala Bus Operators’ Coordination Committee comprising seven organisations are not participating in the token strike in the State on Saturday.
All Kerala Bus Owners’ Coordination committee has called for an indefinite strike from December 18.
The private bus organisations have been protesting to press various demands, including fix the minimum charge to Rs.8 from the current fare of Rs.6 and the fare per km to 65 paise, increase the fare corresponding to the working expenses, exemption of sales tax to the disel for private buses, reduction of road tax to private buses.