Bus fare hiked, proposed stir by bus owners called off

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa Government on Tuesday fulfilled the demand of private bus owners' association by increasing fare of ordinary, deluxe and deluxe A/C buses running under Odisha State Transport department. However, the hiked fare will be effective from November 1.
The decision of raising fare was taken in view of stiff rise in fuel recently. However, the decision has brought a solace for the bus owners association which has called off its proposed bus strike.
Official sources said the Government hiked 5 paisa/ km for ordinary and express bus passengers. Henceforth, the commuters travelling in ordinary buses will have to pay 55 paisa per km instead of 50 paisa while express bus will collect 58 paisa per km instead of 53 paisa. Similarly, the fare of deluxe coach which was 70 paisa per km has been hiked to 76 paisa.
The passengers travelling in deluxe A/C will have to bear extra 8 paisa per km as per the new decision of the government. The fare of A/C buses was 85 paisa per km which has been raised to 93 paisa per km.
Notably, the private bus owners association proposed the government to hike the bus fare soon after the hike in price of diesel. The Government formed a technical committee to study the demand of bus owners.