TURA, Nov 29: The sudden rise in the fare of bus and Sumo prices for the Garo Hills region has irked many due to the arbitrary nature of the steep rise. Taking into consideration the problems faced by people, the Achik Youth Welfare Organization (AYWO) met the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and District Transport Officer (DTO) of West Garo Hills (WGH) district to seek their intervention into the matter.
“The law states that the Commercial Bus or Sumo operators can charge Rs 1.05 per km but in contrast to the provided norms, they are blatantly charging according to their whims and fancies and imposing Rs 1.90 per km per person. This is illegal, uncalled for and insensitive on their part and needs to be rectified. They should also be reprimanded,” said general secretary of AYWO, Sengbath Marak.
The law also states that 15 percent concession will be given to the students and Person with Disabilities (PWDs).
“This needs to be followed by all while dealing with the mentioned groups and we will make sure that the mandated law is executed in letter and spirit,” they added.
After raising the matter with the DC and the DTO, the delegation of AYWO members led by its organizing secretary, were assured of a reduction in fare as per government norms within 5 days from the meeting.
The NGO further added that if the assurance was not adhered to, they would ensure the illegal hike is reduced and the charges are made as per government rates.
The NGO also urged all to pay as per the government rate and if the ticket counter refused to abide by the law anyone could file a FIR.
“If they are hesitant they can approach us on our numbers for help in registering the complaint. Our helpline numbers are +917005619212 or +919089144026. We also appeal to all Bus and Sumo associations to follow the government norms and charge accordingly,” said the NGOs.