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City bus fares hiked


town busOST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 25:

The state government on Tuesday effected a hike in the city bus fare.

A notification to this effect was issued by the Urban and Housing Development department. The notification, however, did not specify the date from which the revised fare would be effective.

City bus services have been introduced in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme of the Union government.

As per the notification, fare for the first 3 km of travel has been increased from Rs 5 to Rs 6 while fares for 3km-6km and 6km-9km have been raised from Rs7 and Rs 8 to Rs 8 and Rs 9 respectively.

Passengers travelling a distance between 9km-15km will have to pay Rs 2 more than the previous fare while they have to pay an extra Rs 3, Rs 4, Rs 5 and Rs 6 for travelling 15km to 21km, 21km to 24km, 24km to 27km and 27km and more respectively.

The state government had taken a decision to this effect on September 21.

Though the government had hiked city bus fares in August last year, there was a demand to increase the fares due to frequent hikes in the prices of diesel within a year.

According to Sudhanshu Jena, CEO of Dream Team Sahara, the rate of hike in the fare is not satisfactory  as the prices of diesel had gone up from Rs 4 to Rs 15 since August last year.

He also alleged that the state government had not put in place the Automatic Fare Division Rules forcing city buses to incur heavy losses.