Guwahati: The All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) on Thursday submitted a letter to the Transport Commissioner of the Government of Assam seeking to increase the fares of passenger vehicles in the state by 70%.
The All Assam Motor Transport Association has said that the transportation industry is facing severe setbacks due to the increase in petrol and diesel prices in the country and the state including a hike in toll fees by 15 per cent from April 1, 2022.
In addition, the rise in prices of vehicle tires, batteries, spare parts, etc., has severely damaged the industry in Assam. As a result, the ailing transportation industry which offers 35% tax cuts in the state exchequer needs to take steps to address the crisis situation, AAMTA stated in the memorandum.
In the memorandum, AAMTA has further reminded that the government had issued a 25% fare hike notice in the year 2019.
As per the proposed fare hike by the state government, now passengers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 17 when they board a city bus in Guwahati.