13November2018

Andaman Chronicle

The Daily Diary of the Islands

STS is a service which islanders are entitled to

Apropos your news item on STS Bus fare hike, I want to request the authorities to appreciate the fact that STS is a service which the islanders are entitled to from Govt. Generally an average islander is required to travel long distances with mandatory break in Journey at more than one points resulting in a situation where the commuter would be required to pay more than half the money they earn, towards journey. How would they maintain their family in such cases? Raising fares exorbitantly is going to affect the peoples at large since the average cost of living under island conditions is already too high. 
 
The authorities therefore should roll back the increased fares immediately and re-fix fares without any reference to the cost of fuel etc. but keeping in mind the average income of daily wage earners and those who does not have proper employment, but a family to maintain. 

Debkumar Bhadra
Shore Point, Bambooflat, S Andaman-744107