Bangalore, May 2 UNI | 3 months ago

Close on the heels of Bangalore Mahanagara Transport Corporation (BMTC) hiking fares for City Service, the Karnataka State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to increase the fares for its servioces too, Minister for Transport Ramalingareddy said today.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that a proposal to hike the fare by 7 to 8 per cent has been sent to the Government for approval and notification would be issued with in a couple of days.

Declining to reveal the reasons for the hike, the Minister said that 'you will be told about loss KSRTC incurring and need for the hike shortly.'

The Minister defended recent hike in bus fare by BMTC saying that the Corporation is incurring Rs 147 crore loss due to hike in diesel prices and increase in employees' salary.

After a ghastly fire mishaps in bus in which more than 50 passengers were burnt alive a few of months back, the Government has decided to act firmly, fixing Emergency exit a must in Private as well as government run buses and had set May 1 as the last date for complying with the direction.

The Minister said that the authorities, since yesterday, have seized 100 private buses which failed to comply with the direction. 'The seized buses will not be allowed to ply unless emergency exit were installed and the process of seizing the buses which are not complying to the rules will continue.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)