The representatives of Punjab Mini Bus Operators Association have threatened to shut their business if state government increases taxes on plying of mini buses in the state.
Speaking at a press conference here, association's state president Jaswinder Singh Grewal said that around 5,500 minibuses are operating in state and its owners are already in financial loss due to continuous hike of diesel prices and machineries. He said that mini bus operators were already paying an amount of Rs 40,000 quarterly in form of taxes to state government and it has become very difficult to run the buses.
He said that the association had met state transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar on July 25, after reports in various sections of the media that state government is likely to increase taxes on mini buses to collect revenue.
He further told that the minister failed to give any satisfactory reply to them. He said that in Ludhiana, government's city bus is also running into high losses but it is consistently promoting city bus service into other cities which is totally unjust.
There would not be other choice except closing the business which would make several persons unemployed and problems for villagers who use these buses for movement, he added.
Association demanded that state government should not levy any fresh taxes on them to save their business and for public interest.