State government all set to hike bus fare by 18 pc

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jun 2018 11:49:20



Staff Reporter


Despite being the election year, the state government is all set to hike the bus fares by 18 percent, which is going to be applicable within next 15 days, after the issuance of notification by the Transport department. Although the bus operators were batting for a hike of 35 paise per km, the Cabinet has approved a hike of 15 paise per km.
Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Tuesday approved the hike after much deliberation. The decision was the outcome of strike threatened by the bus operators. According to the bus operators’ associations, the price of diesel as on June 1 was Rs 74.82 per liter which is 29 percent higher than what it was on August 1, 2015, when the bus fares were last upgraded. Citing the hike in diesel prices, the bus operators had demanded the hike in bus fares from existing 85 paise per km to Rs 1.25 per km.

With this increase, the non-AC bus fare for Raipur to Jadalpur will be hiked by Rs 70 per ticket. Traveling in a non-AC normal bus for 100 kms will be dearer by Rs 15. It may be recalled that the state government had hike the bus fares in 2015, when the charges were hiked from 80 paise to 85 paise per km. According to the new proposed tariff, charges for the first 5 kms in both normal and deluxe buses will be same, that is, Rs 5. Thereafter, the charges in normal buses will increase by Re 1/km, in deluxe sleeper and semi-sleeper buses by Rs 1.30/km for seat and by Rs 1.55/km for berth, in AC deluxe sleeper and semi-sleeper buses by Rs 1.90/km for seat and by Rs 2.25/km for berth. For Volvo Deluxe/AC sitting as well as Volvo Deluxe AC sleeper and semi-sleeper buses, no hike as been approved.

With the approval of hike in bus fares, the charges for Raipur to Jagdalpur in AC sleeper (23 seater) will increase from Rs 524 to Rs 618, in AC semi-sleeper (34 seater) will increase from Rs 381 to Rs 450, in AC semi-sleeper (48 seater) will increase from Rs 400 to Rs 472, in non-AC (48 seater) from Cong criticise BJP for hiking bus faresThe opposition Congress criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for hiking bus fares. The Cabinet yesterday gave its nod to hike 18 per cent bus fares in the state. State Congress Spokesman Dhananjay Singh Thakur said that the hikes of passenger bus fares would be extra burden on the poor people and so the government should curtail Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel to give relief to bus operators. People from all ages are facing trouble due to hike in fuel prices. Bus operators, truck owners, farmers, traders, students, labourers and common people are facing inflation, he added. The State Congress Spokesman said that the BJP government did injustice with the poor and the bus passengers by hiking the bus fares.