Bus fares hiked in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, May 14, 2014: Congress-led UDF government in Kerala on Wednesday decided to hike bus fares by an average of 10 per cent on all classes of stage carriers in view of rising fuel cost and other transport accessories. 

A decision to effect the bus fare hike, both for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and private operators, recommendations of the Justice Ramachandran Committee for fare revision, was taken at cabinet meeting here, State Transport Minister Thiruvanchroor Radhakrishnan told reporters. 

The last bus fare hike in the state was in 2012 and after that there was an increase of nearly 22 per cent in the price of diesel, he said. Diesel price, which stood at Rs 48.75 per litre has reached Rs 60 now,” he said, pointing out that it was also hiked by Rs one on Monday. 

There was no other option available to the government other than effecting a ‘nominal hike’ to offset the rising diesel prices and sustain the sector, Radhakrishnan said. 

The minimum charge of ordinary (City and town) mofussil and City Fast services has been increased from Rs six to Rs seven, while that of Fast Passenger-Limited Stop Services to Rs ten from Rs eight, Super Fast from Rs 12 to Rs 13, Super Express from Rs 17 to Rs 20, Super Delux from Rs 25 to Rs 28 and Volvo Bus services from Rs 35 to Rs 40. 

Similarly, the rate per km has also been increased by about six paise to 30 paise depending on the category of service. The bus fare hike would come into effect from May 20, he said to a question.