At re­duced bus fare, travel cheaper by 7% per km

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

The gov­ern­ment has slashed bus fares due to the re­cent re­duc­tion in diesel price. The move is ex­pected to en­cour­age peo­ple to use gov­ern­ment buses. GURSE­WAK RA­J­PAL, GM, Lud­hi­ana de­pot, Pun­jab Road­ways

LUD­HI­ANA: The re­duc­tion in fares of Pun­jab Road­ways and Pepsu Road Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (PRTC) buses took ef­fect in the state from Satur­day morn­ing.

For most cat­e­gories of buses, the re­duc­tion is around 7% per km, though the ac­tual cut varies in a range, depend­ing on the route one is trav­el­ling on.

Now, pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling from Lud­hi­ana to Chandi­garh in a Volvo bus (su­per in­te­gral coach) have to pay ₹235 against ₹250 that they were be­ing charged till now (6% cut).

For travel to Delhi from Lud­hi­ana, us­ing the same bus will also be cheaper by around 3%, with the ticket cost­ing ₹730 against ₹750.

The fare for or­di­nary buses has been slashed by eight paisa per km and will be now 1.09 paisa per km against the pre­vi­ous 1.17 paisa per km (around 7%).

The fare for Heat­ing Ven­ti­la­tion and Air Con­di­tion­ing (HVAC) buses has been re­duced by 9.6 paisa and brought down to 130.8 paisa per km from 1.4 paisa per km. This is again a re­duc­tion of 7%.

The fare for in­te­gral coach has been re­duced by 14.4 paisa per km and now will be 196.2 paisa per km from 2.1 paisa per km.

For su­per in­te­gral coach, a pas­sen­ger has to pay 2.18 paisa per km against 2.34 paisa per km. The fare of su­per in­te­gral coach has been re­duced by 16 paisa.

A pas­sen­ger, Sahib Singh, who was boarding a Pun­jab Road­ways’ or­di­nary bus to reach Chandi­garh said, “The re­duc­tion of ₹5 does not make that much of a dif­fer­ence to me. I was ex­pect­ing more re­duc­tion. How­ever, it will ben­e­fit fre­quent trav­ellers.”

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the gov­ern­ment’s move to cut fares. More pas­sen­gers will pre­fer to travel by gov­ern­ment buses due to its lower rates and there will be an over­all ben­e­fit,” said Harpal Singh, a farmer who was boarding a bus to reach Ko­hara vil­lage.

Pun­jab Road­ways Lud­hi­ana de­pot gen­eral man­ager Gurse­wak Ra­j­pal said, “The gov­ern­ment has slashed bus fares due to the re­cent re­duc­tion in diesel price. The move is ex­pected to en­cour­age peo­ple to use gov­ern­ment buses and move away fro us­ing pri­vate ve­hi­cles.”

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