Kolkata, Jul 24: The private transport operators on Friday, Jul 24 went on strike in protest against the West Bengal government's move to remove all 15-year-old private buses and auto rickshaws from Aug 1.
Commuters were seen waiting for state-run buses to reach their destination especially to the airport, Howarh and Sealdah railway stations.
An official said, "Packed trains and underground metro have been running normally." He also said that the state run ferry service from Howarh station to the ghats on the bank of the Hoogly river was operating normally.
While the taxis are likely to return on the roads on Saturday, Jul 25, while the private bus and mini bus operators have threatened to continue the strike 'indefinitely' unless they were financially helped by the state government to phase out the old vehicles.
The Calcutta High Court order bans all 15-year-old commercial vehicles from the Kolkata metropolitan area and would come into force from Aug 1.