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West Bengal: As Bus Services Resume Tourist Rush Increases

The West Bengal government on July 1 lifted the partial ban on public transports and allowed buses, minibuses, taxis and auto-rickshaws to operate with 50% seating capacity. Private buses and minibuses comprise nearly 72% of the public transport in West Bengal. While some were unhappy with the government’s stand and demanded a hike in fare owing to shooting fuel prices, a few welcomed this decision. It has also brought some respite to the locals, who have been struggling to commute to their workplaces and market.

Even hoteliers in the south Bengal districts are happy with the government’s decision. According to them, since the Covid-19 cases have substantially reduced across the country, people are stepping out of their homes and if there is a lack of transport facility in a state, the tourism of that place gets affected.

The day the Trinamool Congress relaxed the curbs, around 40 private buses and more than 10 government-run buses started plying on the roads of the coastal town…

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