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Bus operators demand fare hike, to go on indefinite strike from Aug 26

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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Aug 9 :

Bus operators in Odisha have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from August 26 demanding a hike in passenger fares. The All Odisha Bus Owners’ Association today issued an ultimatum to the state government to hike fares by August 25 failing which they would resort to indefinite strike.

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Private bus operators have been pressing for a revision in passenger fares for quite some time citing escalation in prices of diesel and other allied products as the reasons. They said their income levels have been severely hit because of the sharp rise in fuel and other necessary items. With oil companies reviewing diesel prices every fortnight, the bus owners say they want a mechanism to regulate the passenger fares according to the rise or fall in price levels.

Earlier, in July, a delegation of the association had met Chief Secretary J K Mohapatra and apprised him of their concerns.