Kolkata: With five state transport corporations in West Bengal bleeding the government of Rs 600 crore in subsidy every year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today hinted at the merger of some state transport corporations.
“There is need to bring the employees under one umbrella,” Banerjee said and asked the state transport psus to prepare turn-around plans.
Flagging of 30 air-conditioned Volvo buses for Kolkata and the suburbs, she called for cut in wasteful expenditure.
“There is need for saving money by cutting wasteful expenditure. How much subsidy can we give?” Banerjee asked referring to the problem of loan repayment to the Centre faced by her government.
Acknowledging the dwindling fleet of city buses and demand-supply mismatch causing inconvenience to the commuters, she said “When I pass I notice a large number of people waiting for buses which they do not get. She said that the fleet of buses has not grown commensurate with the population.