Bus fare hike evokes criticism

Frequent increase in diesel prices and increase in other operational costs have forced the transport corporations to increase the fares by 10 per cent. The hike of fare of Rajahamsa and express buses have affected passengers.

About 75 per cent of the population resides in rural areas in the district. The KSRTC operates bus services to these villages.

The latest revision of fares has angered daily commuters, who are largely from poor and unorganised sectors. They have questioned the rationality behind not hiking the fares of AC volvo buses. The public said that the government has been wooing the rich and suppressing the poor.

To come to terms with operational cost, the transport corporations should not make passengers to bear expenses.

They should improve their revenue collection through other sources. By maintaining timings, maintaining buses and bus shelters clean, the corporations can attract passengers, the public said.

A few residents said that the transport corporations should follow the model of railways. Without hiking the fare, the railways has been managing the show till recently. They have found other alternatives to improve their revenue.

Kushalnagar resident Shivu said the railways had increased its revenue by offering goods services, increasing advanced booking fare and others. A similar model could be emulated by the transport corporations.

Kalkesh of Madikeri said that the hike in the fare would affect daily wage workers, who had already been on a tight budget. Now they would have to spend a far larger share of their income on bus fares in the prevailing poor economic situation.

Another commuter said that hiking the fare of Rajahamsa and express services was condemnable. The government should have also hiked fares of AC, volvo buses.

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