Pun­jab gov­ern­ment hikes bus fares

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The Pun­jab state gov­ern­ment has hiked bus fares for bus ser­vices by 20 per­cent, at 13 paise per km, ow­ing to the hike in diesel prices. Fol­low­ing the Rs 5 hike in diesel rates, both pri­vate and pub­lic op­er­a­tors had placed a de­mand be­fore the state gov­ern­ment to hike bus fares ac­cord­ingly. While pri­vate op­er­a­tors de­manded an in­crease of 15 paise per km, PRTC and Pun­jab Road­ways de­manded 22 paise per km in­crease in fares. But, the state gov­ern­ment, mod­er­ated the hike to 13 paise. Com­muters now have to shell out 79 paise per km as against the pre­vi­ous 66 paise per km. This is the third hike in the state in the past 2 years. In 2010, fares had been hiked by 7 paise per km from 49 paise to 56 paise, from where they were hiked by a fur­ther 10 paise per km. Com­muters grap­pling with these high prices have also to con­tend with the re­vo­ca­tion of the daily bus pass sys­tem.

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