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‘Chakka Bandh’ called by AAMTA hits Assam

The indefinite ‘chakka bandh’ called by All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) from Monday on various demands has likely hit public transport across the state

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Guwahati: The indefinite ‘chakka bandh’ called by All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) from Monday on various demands has likely hit public transport across the state.

The ‘bandh’ has affected the city bus services in the state as the majority of the private city buses are affiliated to the association.

The protest is being held to press the various demands AAMTA has in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The transporters have demanded increase in bus fares, waiver of quarter tax and road tax reduction up to 50%. Reasons for the strike also includes demands for increasing bus, e-rickshaw and auto fares, and issues related to the salary of the employees.

Speaking to TIME8 AAMTA secretary gerenal Pradip Das said, “We have called on this strike for an indefinite period of time. And we will call it off if all our demands are met.”

Staging a protest at Dispur the organisation has alleged that, while the government has continued to increase the rate of petrol and diesel, there has been no rise in the transportation fares.

The public transportation is allowed to carry only 50% of passengers while maintaining all the COVID-19 protocols which have caused major losses for the drivers and other staffs.

However, Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and under-ASTC buses will continue operating in the state.

In view of the strike, the ASTC have announced to ply 650 buses across the state on Monday. The corporation would also ensure that privately owned under-ASTC bus would also ply in the state during the ‘bandh’.