Tripura govt hikes transport fare

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Agartala, Jul 3: The Tripura government announced fare hike for petrol and diesel-run vehicles in the state from July 5 following the price hike of petroleum products imposed by the UPA government at the Centre last month.

Talking to mediapersons here, state Transport Minister Manik Dey said the fare hike would be 7 to 8.5 per cent for petrol and diesel-run vehicles owing to the hike in fuel prices on an average of 11 per cent since 2005 but the fare would remain the same for CNG-run vehicles.

The fare hike triggered resentment among the Opposition political parties while the Congress termed it as ''inhuman and encouraging to collect excess fare'' from the passengers, especially by autorickshaw drivers.

''There is no assurance of introduction of city or town buses in the state to strengthen public transport system and proper service in the city area at morning and night. At the same time, there is no commitment to withdraw paddle rickshaws to manage traffic congestion,'' Congress MLA Subal Bhowmik said.

He criticised the government for non-action against Green House Gases emission from the vehicles, sound pollution as well as evicting footpath encroachers for pedestrians' safety and accused the government of not having any transport policy.

Mr Bhowmik demanded immediate withdrawal of slow-moving vehicles, vehicles causing pollution, stop overloading, collection of excess fare, ensure passenger service in the vehicles, introduction of city buses up to 2200 hours before hiking the fare.

Records stated that the increment rate of vehicles in Tripura was 16 per cent per annum, which was higher than the national average and the poor transport system in the state increased traffic congestion and road mishaps, Mr Bhowmik added.

UNI

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