West Bengal to introduce insurance for bus passengers

June 30th, 2008 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 30 (IANS) In an innovative move, the West Bengal government is all set to introduce insurance benefits for the passengers of long-distance state transport buses. “We have decided to take Rs.5 from the passengers travelling within 300 km and Rs.10 for those travelling more than 300 km by the state transport buses. The surplus would be charged on the tickets of the passengers who would avail long-distance government buses,” West Bengal Transport Minister Subhas Chakraborty told reporters here Monday.

He said the money will be used to provide them with insurance benefits worth Rs.50,000 in case they meet with fatal accidents during travel. The amount would be handed over to their nearest relatives.

“In addition, if anyone is killed in a road accident by government buses, the nearest relative of the deceased will get the same insurance benefit,” he said.

“The amount collected from every long-distance passenger would be deposited to a state government-owned corporation,” he said, adding the facility would come into effect from September.

“Initially, we are implementing this facility only for the long-distance buses. Later, we will try to introduce the scheme in all government-run buses in the state,” he said.

Following the fuel price rise, fares of buses, mini-buses and taxis in the state have also been hiked.

The minimum bus and mini-bus fare has been increased by 50 paisa and the taxi fare by Rs.2. The new fare structure is likely to come into effect from July 11.

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