To pare down the losses, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has effected 17 percent hike in fare of city buses with immediate effect.
Following the step taken earlier by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), the
Transport Department of civic body had sent a proposal seeking permission to increase the fares.
Municipal Commissioner and Administrator
Radhakrishnan B on Wednesday approved to
increase the ticket rates.
The fares of city bus were more or less stable since last many years. However in backdrop of considerable rise in prices of diesel, and rising
maintenance cost, rise in prices.of fares, the Transport.Department proposed an rational increase in ticket prices to cut down the losses.
Over the last few years, the salaries of bus drivers and conductors has also saw significant rise and
hence the increase in fares was necessary. But the biggest reason was massive jump in fuel
prices, and in fact the switch over to CNG, the environmentally fuel, too proved to be futile as the prices of gas has also jumped significantly due to rising inflation.
So, for last few months there were talks about
increasing the fares.
For travel from Sitabuldi to Hingna the new rates would.be Rs. 39, to Khaparkheda-Rs. 50, to Koradi-Rs. 28, to Godhni-Rs. 24, Butibori-Rs..44, Besa-Rs. 24, Gorewada-Rs. 19, J N Clinic (via Kanhan)- Rs. 50, Kamptee-Rs. 39, Pardia via Gandhibagh-Rs. 19, Bahadura Phata-Rs. 39, Pipla Phata-Rs. 28, Nara-Rs. 16, Nari-Rs. 19,
Gidoba Mandir-Rs. 28, Sonegaon (via Deonagar)-Rs. 24 and Takalghat-Rs. 6