Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 23:
The Odisha government has hiked the fares for the city bus service by Rs 1 to Rs 4 for distances of below 3 km to above 30 km.
The last fare hike was effected in October 2013. The Housing and Urban Development department increased the bus fare after the Bhubaneswar Puri Transport Corporation Ltd (BPTCL) incurred sustained losses on account of the increase in oil price, said a release of the department. The revised bus fare will be effected from October 26.
While passengers will have to shell out Rs 7 instead of Rs 6 for travelling the minimum distance of below 3 km, they will have to pay Rs 9 for travelling distances within 6 km. The government has hiked fares to Rs 10 (between 6 km to 9 km), followed by Rs 12 (between 9 km to 12 km), Rs 15 (12 km to 15 km), Rs 20 (between 15 km to 18 km), Rs 23 (between 18 to 21 km), Rs 31 (between 21 to 24 km), Rs 39 (between 24 km to 27 km), Rs 42 (between 27 to 30 km) and Rs 47 for above 30 km.
Meanwhile, the government has decided to introduce automatic revision of fare after taking into consideration the cost of high speed diesel (HSD) oil in future.
Presently, the Dream Team Sahara(DTS) is operating 142 buses at different routes.