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Bus fare hike in state; The minister also said that there will be a change in the concession rate of students


Highlight:

  • Minister Antony Raju has said that bus fares will be increased in the state.
  • The rate hike will be after the Makara lamp.
  • There will also be a change in the concession rate for students.

Thiruvananthapuram: Transport Minister Antony Raju has said that bus fares will be increased in the state. He said the rate hike would be after the Sabarimala Makara lamp. The minister’s decision came in the wake of an indefinite strike by private bus owners from the 21st of this month demanding an increase in bus fares.

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The minister said there would also be an increase in the concession rate for students. The private bus association had demanded an increase in the concession rate for students along with an increase in bus fares. The bus owners are of the view that there should be no increase in bus fares without increasing the concession rate for students.

The Transport Minister will hold discussions with the Justice Ramachandran Commission today regarding the increase in bus fares. This may be followed by an announcement. The demand from the student organizations not to change the concession rate of the students has put the government on the defensive.

The Justice Ramachandran Commission has recommended that the minimum concession rate be increased to Rs. The demand from the bus owners is Rs. However, the government is of the view that such a large increase is not possible and can be increased to Rs. The final decision will be taken after consultations as the increase in student fares is likely to be controversial.

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Earlier, bus owners had demanded an increase in student fares, a diesel subsidy, an increase in the minimum fare from Rs 8 to Rs 12, a reduction in the kilometer rate from the current 90 paise to Rs 1 and the complete exemption of bus tax from bus owners till the end of the Covid-19 period.

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