Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bus, e-rickshaw and tracker have had to bear huge losses Credit: Representational image

Guwahati: The All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) has called for an indefinite Chakka Bandh across the state from Monday, October 5, demanding for a hike in bus prices.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdowns and social distancing protocols, the association members have had to bear major losses. Further, they alleged that the government has increased the prices of various essential commodities and even petrol and diesel, however, it has turned a blind eye to the repeated demands of the association to increase bus fare.

According to reports, the association claimed that buses, trackers, e-rickshaws etc., has been providing service amidst the pandemic by carrying 50% passengers, which is a major loss for them, but the government has not come to any decision regarding the increase in fares of city buses, trackers and e-rickshaw.

Hence, AAMTA has called for a strike against the Assam Transport department demanding to increase the bus fare.

Bus fares were last increased was in 2019 by 25%.

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