This method has, he claimed, in many cases resulted in fare that was previously R4 increasing to R7, R6 fare hiked to R9 and R7 to R11. “At the same time, there has been an enormous increase in the fare of long distance buses. The earlier far of R75 from Esplanade to Durgapur is now R115, and fare from Esplanade to Digha went from R84 to R122,” Sen added.
According to him, the government should adopt a dual strategy to relieve the pressure on the common people. “First, the state government should review the changed bus fare structure and bring changes that are in parity with the diesel price hike. Secondly, the state government should provide some subsidy, like forgoing the state’s additional tax following the increase in diesel price. On several occasions, the previous Left Front government provided similar subsidies to relieve the pressure on the common people,” said Sen.