Ferry companies halt over fare hike stir

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Inside a day of introducing a pair of latest mechanised boats by the state transport division, ferry companies between Kalna and Nrisinghapur in Nadia had been halted by the passengers protesting towards hike in fares.

The commuters protested the fare hike from Rs three to Rs 5. On a regular basis, practically a thousand commuters avail the Kalna – Nrisinghapur ferry service on the Bhagirathi and the Kalna terminal is ruled by the Kalna Municipality.

The state had taken to improvise the inter-district waterway after an overcrowded boat capsized in Kalna terminal in Could 2016 when 20 passengers drowned helplessly.

The state had launched life-jackets within the ferrying boats and divers and buoys had been made obligatory in every of the ferry terminals throughout the district. Additionally, a Rs 6.20 crore infrastructure improvement plan for the 21 ferry terminals throughout Burdwan (East) had been forwarded to the Transport division by the district administration in June 2016.

The Transport division in the meantime had supplied a police surveillance boat to maintain the ferry companies so as.

However the authority was failing to barter some technical flaws as many of the boats used within the ferry companies weren’t assembly the state prescribed stipulations and had been outfitted with diesel engine units generally used for irrigation. Yesterday, the transport division launched two launch motorboats and one other launch is ready to reach this week. The civic physique agreed to reinforce the worth, which the passenger’s physique, nevertheless, refused to just accept and therefore companies had been halted by the agitating passengers.

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As said, Dhananjoy Pal, one workplace bearer of Kalna – Nadia Each day Passenger’s Group: “Why ought to we pay extra? They had been supposed to offer us higher and secure companies as our chief minister insists to keep up ‘secure drive, save life’ however the ferry authority is asking cash for that.”

Mr Debaprasad Bag, Chairman, Kalna Municipality mentioned: “The launches are stateof-the-art autos and are pricey. We needed to assist realise the concerned prices so a meagre Rs 2 per ticket was elevated.”

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