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Cut in excess fare in KSRTC buses hailed

By Our Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA, OCT. 14. The Hindu Aikya Vedi district committee here has welcomed the Cabinet decision on Wednesday to cut the 20 per cent excess fare charged by the Kerala State Transport Corporation in Sabarimala-bound buses.

In a statement issued here today, the Vedi district president, K. Haridas and general secretary, P. R. Shaji, said that the Hindu organisations had been agitating for several months protesting against the fleecing of pilgrims by the KSRTC through excess amount being charged in Sabarimala-bound buses.

They said that the Oommen Chandy Government's decision, though a belated one, was a welcome one and the Vedi workers would stage victory processions at all taluk headquarters in the district, hailing the decision.

More facilities

Mr. Haridas alleged that the authorities were yet to make proper arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of the annual pilgrim season that begins on November 16.

Though the Government had promised to set up self-contained base camps at more places en route Sabarimala, no steps have been taken to that extent so far, he alleged.

The Aikya Vedi leaders have called upon the Government to take immediate steps to ensure foolproof pilgrim facilities at Sabarimala as well as various base camps in view of the fast approaching annual pilgrim season.

Hailed

Meanwhile, the Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sanghom (ABASS) State working committee member, D.Vijayakumar, also welcomed the Government decision waiving the excess fare charged by the KSRTC in the Sabarimala special services.

In a statement here today, Mr. Vijayakumar said that the decision very well reflected the positive approach of the Chandy Government to Sabarimala affairs.

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