Guwahati, April 9: Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary ruled out any increase in the city bus fares and warned that the registration of public vehicles concerned would be cancelled in case of any evidence of a fare hike is witnessed.
The All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) of private operators proposed to the government for a 70% increase in fares because of an escalation in the cost of fuel, spare parts of vehicles and tyres.
They also mentioned about an increase in the toll tax by 15 per cent with effect from April 1 along with third-party premium, which was already hiked by 13 per cent earlier.
The minister while addressing the media said that there will be no increase in the bus fares as of now. He further questioned the reasoning of AAMTA and asked whether the prices will go down once the fuel prices roll back.
Patowary further directed the authorities to take strict action against those city bus operators who charge more than the designated amount from the passengers and the registration will also be cancelled in case any evidence of fare hike is found.