The state transport minister, Mr Suvendu Adhikari today held a meeting with the representatives of bus, mini bus, taxi, online app cab and auto unions to discuss and prepare a roadmap on the issues arising due to closure of Tallah Bridge. The representatives of various unions, according to sources in transport department reached a consensus to ply their vehicles along the recently diverted routes. The online app cab unions agreed to increase their services in the area. While a decision was made to increase the number of autos and mini buses in and around the area.

The auto fares, however, will be regulated by the state transport department. Another meeting with the bus operators is to take place at transport department office in Kasba tomorrow. Meanwhile, four numbers of ferry services were flagged off from Kutighat to Fairlie by the state transport minister after the meeting. The services will be increased by 10 within the next 10 days and will be available every 10 minutes between 8am to 8 pm. “We will set up a jetty at Alambazar Ghat,” informed Mr Adhikari. As per the demand of the borough chairman a stoppage will be given at Notunbabu Ghat, “ he added.

The department will also increase the number of 34- seater midi buses, which are being operated additionally along the recently diverted routes. The West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) run buses which are 24 in number will be increased to 50 within Diwali. Apart from this, 100 numbers of 24-seater mini buses will be introduced in these routes. The appbased bus services will be running at the existing fare and there will be no hike in their rates. The fleet of 100 buses will be added with more such vehicles after a review which will be carried every fortnight.