Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 4:
The Odisha government effected a hike in bus fares by four to eight paise per km with effect from today.
But in a move that has greater long-term implications, it also announced the implementation fo the automatic mechanism for revision of fares.
According to a notification issued by the Commerce and Transport department, fare for ordinary buses will be raised from 57 paisa to 61 paisa per km, express buses from 60 paisa to 64 paisa, delux buses from 80 paisa to 86 paisa and AC deluxe buses from 99 paisa to Rs 1.07 per km.
Commerce and Transport minister Ramesh Majhi also announced the implementation of the automatic mechanism, a long-standing demand of bus owners that would see bus fares rise and fall based on the rise and fall of fuel prices.
“As per the notification, the fare for ordinary and express buses per km would be hiked by one paisa if the price of diesel is hiked by Rs 2 per litre while the fare of these buses will be reduced by one paise if the price of diesel is reduced by Rs 2 per litre. Fare for deluxe and AC deluxe buses per km would be hiked by two paisa if the price in the diesel is increased by Rs 2 per litre while the fare of these buses would be reduced by two paisa if the price in the diesel is reduced by Rs 2 per litre”, the minister added.
Sources in the department, however, clarified that today’s hike was based on the recommendation of the technical committee after the last two hikes in petroleum prices. This is the last time this exercise is resorted to before the automatic mechanism comes into force, they said.