The Trinamool Congress on Thursday hit the street for the second time this week to protest against the fare hike in the railways and the Metro Rail service,although the latter has been put on hold.
While demanding that the Centre withdraw its decision immediately,the ruling party urged passengers not to pay the increased price for the tickets. Senior TMC leaders including MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay,State Transport Minister Madan Mitra and MLA Sovandeb Chatterjee led the rally which started from college square in north Kolkata to reach Sealdah in central Kolkata.
The railway ministry has to withdraw the increased fare. This is an anti-people decision. Whenever the central government would announce a hike on anything,the TMC,which is accountable to the people,will raise its voice and protest against the decision, Banerjee said.
The Centre had,on October 6,announced hike in fare by two per cent for all classes,including AC and Sleeper,while it announced another hike yesterday for travelling in Rajdhani,Duronto and Shatabdi trains owing to an increase in catering charges.
Even the Kolkata Metro Rail had announced a steep hike in fares for the first time in 13 years,although Union Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury declared that it has been put on hold.