Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 5:
The Odisha government again disappointed bus commuters in the state by going for only a marginal cut in bus fares today after diesel prices fell by Rs 2.25 on October 31 for the second time in the last one month.
Announcing a cut of 1 paise per km in fares for ordinary and express buses and 2 paise per km for deluxe and AC deluxe buses in the state, Transport minister Ramesh Majhi said the revised fares will be effective from today.
The new fares for ordinary and express buses would now be 62 paise and 65 paise per km respectively while the fares for deluxe and AC deluxe buses would now be 85 paise and Rs 1.04 paise respectively.
On October 29, the Odisha government had announced a marginal cut in bus fares by reducing it by 1 paise per km for ordinary and express buses and by 2 paise per km for deluxe and AC deluxe buses in the state following a decrease in diesel price by Rs 3.63 per litre, which had led to severe disappointment among commuters.
The minister informed that the government is yet to take a decision on the demand for a mechanism for automatic revision of bus fares in consonance with any hike and fall in diesel prices as suggested by the private bus owners’ association. The government would take a call on it later after studying the proposal in detail and considering its ramifications, he said.
Before the last revision of fares on October 29, the minister had informed that the department’s officers had visited other states to study the mechanisms in place there. The government would take a decision on automatic revision of fares after they submit their report, he had said.