Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 26:
With the reduction in the price of diesel in the international market, the Odisha government is mulling revision of bus fare in the state.
An emergency meeting by the State Transport Authority (STA) to this effect was held here on Saturday.
It may be mentioned that following the reduction in the price of diesel as announced by the Centre last week, pressure was exerted on the state government to reduce the bus fare.
The meeting, presided over by Transport commissioner M Akshaya, was unanimous over the need to go for a reduction in the bus fare.
The meeting decided to send its recommendations to the state government on Monday.
Although the details of the proposed reduction per kilometre are yet to be worked out, the technical committee of the state Transport department- comprising the Financial advisors of the state government and the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC), managing director (or his representative), additional commissioner, STA and president and secretary of All Odisha Private Bus Owner’s Association (AOPBOA)- has agreed to reduce the fare considering the fall in the price of diesel by Rs 3.63 per litre.
The AOPBOA, while expressing its willingness in favour of reduction of fare, had blamed the state government for not carrying out its proposal to introduce automated fare fixation system in the state.