Himachal state roadways buses have been increased by a whopping 30 per cent . The rise will come into effect from October 1.
This was announced by the state transport minister G S Bali over the weekend after the state Cabinet gave its approval.
Bali said the government has been forced to take the decision in view of the sharp rise in diesel prices and increase in prices of spare parts buses.
The minimum bus fare has been increased from Rs 2 to Rs 5, an increase of Rs 3. For a distance of 5 km the new rate will be Rs 5.
“Bus fares in state roadways buses are being raised after a couple of years. Per km in Himachal its is 1.11 per km and is 1.50 per km in the neighbouring hill state of Uttarakhand,” Bali said. With the rise in state roadways buses, the government might soon give its nod for raising the fares of private buses.
Private operators have been urging the state government for the past couple of months to raise fares.
They have been threatening to go on strike.