The decision was taken after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met the representatives of six bus owners' organisations.

After the hike, the minimum fare on common private buses is Rs 6 for travelling four kilometres in the first stage and one rupee more on existing fares in successive stages.

For minibuses, the hiked fare would be Rs 7 for the first two kilometres and one rupee more every subsequent stage.

However, the bus owners have expressed their dissatisfaction with the hike. According to reports the bus owners are facing an annual loss of Rs 3.5 lakh a bus.

Bus and minibus operators have been demanding a fare revision for long in view of an increase in diesel prices.    

The operators had called a three-day strike from August 20, but had decided to defer it following a request from the government in view of the Chief Minister being in Singapore during that time.

The West Bengal government had been resisting the demand by the bus owners for increasing the hike and also warned of legal action.
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