BMTC and KSRTC, NEKRTC and NWKRTC have increased their fares with effect from Sunday. In a statement issued on Saturday, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation said the fares of non-AC buses will be hiked by Rs 1 to Rs 3. The other transport corporations will hike fares by approximately 10 per cent.
The ordinary fare from Bangalore to Mysore has been hiked to Rs 120 from Rs 110 and by Rajahamasa from Rs 186 to 209. Revised ordinary fares to Mangalore, Hubli, Shimoga and Belgaum are Rs 307, Rs 356, Rs 247 and Rs 349 respectively.
Transport corporations defend fare hike
The state transport corporations have cited increase in the price of high speed diesel as well as the increased dearness allowance to be paid to employees as reasons for the hike.
According to KSRTC, the burden on the corporation because of the diesel price increase is about Rs 120.10 crore per annum. The increased dearness allowance means increase in operational cost of Rs 222.68 crore per annum. However, despite the fare hike, KSRTC estimates that there will be a deficit of Rs 35.96 crore per annum.
BMTC has a burden of Rs 270 crore because of the fuel price hikes as well as increased dearness allowance. With the fare hike, the corporation estimates an additional revenue of Rs 200 crore per annum, according to Anjum Parvez, MD, BMTC.
Revised KSRTC fare for buses leaving from Bangalore
Destination Express Rajahamsa
Existing Revised Existing Revised
Mysore 110.00 120.00 186.00 209.00
Mangalore 280.00 307.00 473.00 523.00
Hubli 325.00 356.00 549.00 610.00
Mandya 75.00 83.00 128.00 141.00
Dharward 340.00 373.00 575.00 638.00
Gulbarga 495.00 548.00 844.00 938.00
Bellary 250.00 275.00 423.00 469.00
Davanagere 210.00 230.00 356.00 394.00
Shimoga 225.00 247.00 381.00 423.00
Belgaum 400.00 439.00 676.00 751.00