Diwali holidays: Private bus operators hike fares

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2018 10:00:53


Business Bureau,

TAKING advantage of the heavy rush of travellers during Diwali festival season, private bus operators have increased fares by 30 per cent and in some routes more than 50 per cent.
Most of the passengers are experiencing a lot of discomfort and inconvenience due to sudden rise in bus fares. To make matters worse, the State Transport (ST) buses are not able to meet the demand of large number of passengers trying to get to one place or another.

“Private bus operators have hiked the fares due to rise in demand during Diwali holiday season. Passengers need not have to worry as this will be a temporary phase. After a few days, the fares will be normalised as the number of passengers decline,” said Sanjay Mohta, Secretary of Nagpur Travels Association while talking to The Hitavada.
He said that private bus operators have increased fares on routes with high demand, e.g. Nagpur-Pune, Nagpur-Mumbai and Nagpur-Indore. Some private bus operators are selling tickets on Nagpur-Pune route between Rs 1,260 and Rs 1,470, compared to the average fare of Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,100 for ticket which includes AC.

For Volvo semi-sleeper bus, fares are in the range of Rs 950 to Rs 1,155 per seat.  The ticket fares could increase as the weekend nears. The fares differ for sleeper and semi-sleeper buses which are having sitting, sharing upper and sharing lower seats. ST buses charge about Rs 750 per seat for the same destination.

Similarly, Nagpur-Mumbai route fares are moving in the range of Rs 1,600 and Rs 2,300. Normally the charge will be in the range of Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 per seat. Also, for Nagpur-Indore route, a person would have to shell out anything between Rs 1,050 and Rs 1,500 per seat.

On an average, the fares are available at Rs 800 to Rs 850 per seat. On short distance routes like Nagpur-Wardha, Nagpur-Chandrapur, etc, the fares have also been jacked up and passengers are complaining of jam-packed buses and no leg room to move.  Some passengers are saying that the Government should intervene and regulate fares during peak season. Most people travel during Diwali holiday season to meet their families and relatives.