Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 3:
The Odisha Private Bus Owners’ Association would raise its demand for a hike in passengers fare with the state government after the Bahuda Yatra in view of the steep rise in duel prices over the last few months.
Informing this at a press briefing here last night, general secretary of the Association Debendra Sahu said the government has not revised the fare since October 2013.
The state government had reviewed the bus fare last year when the diesel price was at Rs 55.03 per litre. However, the diesel price has gone up to Rs 62.25 now, he added.
Stating that the private bus operators have had to bear heavy losses due to hikes in diesel price at regular intervals, he said the state government has not taken any steps to address the demand of the Association to increase the fare accordingly.
“As the private buses spend an extra Rs 7.22 per litre of diesel, they incur loss to the tune of about Rs 800 to 1,000 per bus per day. Though the Association had submitted a memorandum to Commerce and Transport minister on June 13 this year to review the bus fare, there has been no response from the government”, Sahu alleged.
He said that the Association has decided to take up the matter at its general body meeting next week and decide the future course of action.
There are nearly 14,000 private buses operating in the state.