Odisha govt. hikes bus fare,Bus operators withdraw strike
Succumbing to the pressure of the private bus operators, the Odisha government today hiked the bus fare of ordinary, express, deluxe and AC coach buses in the state.
State Transport Minister Subrat Tarai told newsmen that the Technical Committee, constituted by the government to look into the demands of the private bus operators, had recommended to the government to hike the bus fare.
While the bus fare per km for ordinary and express buses was hiked by five paisa per km, in case of deluxe and AC coach buses, the fare was increased by six and eight paisa per km respectively.
As per the new bus fare, to be made effective form November 1 next, the passenger now has to pay 55 paisa per km for ordinary, 58 paisa for express buses, 76 paisa per km for the deluxe bus and 93 paisa for the AC coach bus.
The All Odisha Private Bus Operators Association which had threatened to stop plying of buses from November one next in the state demanding hike in the bus fare, today withdrew the strike.
Association general secretary Debendra Kumar Das welcomed the decision of the government to hike the bus fare and called off the strike.
Mr Das said the Association had urged the government to hike the bus fare stating that the bus operators were incurirng heavy losses following the hike in the diesel price. He said as many as 2000 buses remained off the road following the hike in price of diesel.