People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 46

November 15, 2009



CPI(M) Protests Bus Fare Hike


ON October 28, Delhi state committee of the CPI(M) organised a demonstration at the ITO to protest against the steep hike in bus fares announced by the Delhi state government. Women, men, youth and students participated in large numbers.

Vijender Sharma, member of the Delhi state secretariat of CPI(M), presided over the protest rally. State CPI(M) secretary P M S Grewal and state committee member Albeena Shakil addressed the protestors.

The speakers lambasted the Sheila Dikshit government for imposing such a steep hike in bus fares. The rates of monthly bus passes have almost doubled and those of student passes have been increased eight times. Exorbitant fares ranging from a minimum of Rs 5 to Rs 15 are being imposed. Most people in Delhi, especially workers, have to travel long distances on a daily basis to work. Such bus fares will eat into the already meagre incomes of their vast majority.  

The above hikes in bus fares come in the backdrop of unrelenting rise in prices of essential commodities, especially edibles like pulses and vegetables, and the almost total collapse of the public distribution system. Prior to this, the Delhi government has effected hikes in prices of milk and electricity through reduction of subsidies. There is also talk of increasing Metro and water tariffs in November. The cumulative effect of such measures would be that life will become unbearable for lakhs of poor and lower middle class citizens of the capital.

The speakers accused the Delhi government of deliberately letting the losses of DTC pile up and not taking timely remedial action. While the transport ministry is squarely responsible for this situation, the people of Delhi are being made to pay for their criminal neglect.

The steep hike in bus fares once again exposes the anti-people character of the Congress government. The speakers asked the people of Delhi to raise their powerful voice of protest against the totally unjustified hike in bus fares and force the Delhi government to withdraw this step. (INN)