Kerala govt announces bus fare hike

The Kerala government announced a hike in government and private bus fares that will come into effect from March 1.

The minimum fare for an ordinary bus service will be Rs eight, up from Rs seven, and for fast passenger services, the fare will be Rs 11 instead of Rs 10.

Along with the minimum fare, charges per kilometer for all category of services have also been raised. The hike ranges between eight paise and Rs six.

Talking to reporters, Transport minister A.K Saseendran said the hike was necessary to sustain the transport sector.

The bus fares were last revised in 2014.

Speaking on the revision of concessional fares for students, Saseendran said there would be a marginal increase of Re one for students travelling up to 40 kms.