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Private bus fares may go up soon

M. Raghuram

Government agrees to increase in view of `changed circumstances'


  • Minimum fare is Rs. 4 for buses plying within city corporation limits
  • Minimum fare is Rs. 5 for buses plying in areas 15 km away from corporation limits
  • Operators seek a starting slab of Rs. 3.50

    MANGALORE: The private bus operators can heave a sigh of relief. Thanks to the notification issued by the Transport Department that it will be possible for private transport operators in the State to increase the bus fares in view of the increase in the price of high-speed diesel.

    The notification tates that the Government has considered that the conditions have changed since the publication of the notification of January 23, 2003 in respect of the maximum rates of fares and freights fixed for stage carriages in the State.

    The copy of the notification says that in respect of the stage carriages (city service) plying in the corporation limits of Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum and Mangalore and in the municipal limits of any city with a population of one lakh, the bus operators can charge up to Rs. 4 for the first stage of two km and 60 paise for the subsequent stage of 2 km, subject to a minimum of Rs. 3.50. For express service, 60 paise can be charged extra. For the municipal limits of Gadag, Karwar, Kumta, Sirsi, Yadgir and Sadashivagad, there is a separate fare structure.

    For stage carriages plying in areas 25 km away from the corporation limits of Bangalore and 15 km from the corporation limits of Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Mangalore and Mysore, the operators can charge Rs. 5 for the first stage of 4 km and Rs. 2.50 for the subsequent stage of 4 km subject to a minimum of Rs. 5, the notification stated. One rupee is payable extra if it is an express service.

    The Karnataka State Bus Owners' Federation president, Rajavarma Ballal, said the federation may not increase the fares to the maximum limit. It will appeal to the RTA to consider and give a rate structure that will be equitable. He said the present fare is Rs. 2.75 for the first stage in Dakshina Kannada and other districts where the private transporters are strong and in all likelihood the federation may seek Rs. 3.50 slab to begin with.

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