"Therefore, we have decided to follow the law which will take its own course as per the Disaster Management Act. The government will run the buses and if needed, we will employ drivers who work for private buses," Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat.
The lockdown has been extended in West Bengal till July 31.
The chief minister reiterated that after a meeting with the unions, the state government had announced Rs 15,000 subsidy for each of the 6,000 private buses for three months.
"We do not support the regular diesel price hike by the Centre and that is why, we had announced the subsidy. I will request the unions of private buses to stop ego battles, this is not the time for bargaining I hope they will keep their word or else we will be compelled to act," she said.
Banerjee said her government will announce a decision in this regard on July 3.
Meanwhile, Joint Council of Bus Syndicates general secretary Tapan Banerjee said private bus owners are incurring losses daily for running the vehicles.
"Under the given circumstances, the state government should think about the plight of private bus owners... Now, it is up to the ruling dispensation to take a call on what it will do about the problems being faced by us," he said.
All Bengal Bus Minibus Samannoy Samity general secretary Rahul Chatterjee said its members have been operating some buses in the city and districts since May 27, and the numbers have increased in June.
"We have been cooperating with the government despite losses," he said.
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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