Odisha govt hikes bus fare

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has hiked bus fare by four to seven paise a kilometre in different types of buses, official sources said.
 
The minimum fare was increased from Rs 3 to Rs 5 in both private and state transport vehicles. The new fare would be effective from today, a notification issued by the Commerce and Transport department said.
 
While the fare in ordinary and express buses went up by 4 paise a km, prices of ordinary buses was hiked from 55 paise a km to 59 paise per km. The fare of express buses rose from 58 paise to 62 paise. Passenger fare between Cuttack and Bbubaneswar will go up by Rs 1.20, it said.
 
The government also revised charges of luxury (deluxe) buses from 76 paise to 82 paise, raising it by six paise per km. In case of air-conditioned deluxe buses, the price was raised by 7 paise from 93 paise to Re 1 a km.
 
The passenger fare was last revised in November, 2012. Around 18,000 buses ply in the state.
 
While private operators welcomed the hike but said the government should adopt an automatic mechanism to decide on fares instead of notifying changes from time to time, the passengers expressed displeasure due to frequent hike in the bus fare.