Private bus strike from November 9

Kochi: Private buses in the state will cease service indefinitely from November 9.

The development comes in wake of a strike called by the Bus Owners Coordination Committee demanding a hike in fares in view of rising fuel prices.

The Committee is demanding that the minimum charge be increased to Rs 12, the minimum fare for students be hiked to Rs 6, and Rs 1 be charged for every additional kilometre.

They have issued a notice to Transport Minister Antony Raju in this regard.

There is also demand to see buses exempted from vehicle tax until at least the end of the year.

(To be updated)

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