Mamata Banerjee had on Tuesday threatened to take motion beneath the Disaster Management Act if the buses proceed to remain off the roads.

Kolkata: Transportation woes of commuters in West Bengal have been mitigated to a substantial extent on Thursday with massive fleets of each authorities and personal buses hitting the streets in Kolkata and its adjoining areas, state Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikary mentioned.

Around 1,800 authorities buses and three,800 non-public buses are plying the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA), comprising town and its neighbouring districts, he mentioned.

“Bus availability is absolutely normal today,” the minister asserted.

Representational picture. PTI

Several commuters heaved a sigh of reduction after regular providers resumed on Thursday, with buses discovered ready for passengers at many locations, a departure from what has been the norm since early June as scores of individuals ran helter-skelter to discover a car to achieve their locations.

Private bus operators had been demanding a fare hike, claiming that they have been going through insurmountable losses owing to excessive gasoline costs and Covid-related curbs on passenger load

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Tuesday threatened to take motion beneath the Disaster Management Act if the buses proceed to remain off the roads.

With solely round 25 p.c of personal buses plying throughout town and past until earlier this week, individuals have been having a harrowing time commuting to their places of work and again.

The absence of suburban trains and Metro Railway providers, amid the Covid-induced lockdown restrictions, additional added to their woes.

A bit of bus operators, following a gathering with the transport secretary on Wednesday, had given assurances that extra autos can be pressed into service from Thursday.

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