Madhya Pradesh hikes bus fare by 10 percent

August 21st, 2008 - 5:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Aug 21 (IANS) Bowing to a demand of private bus operators, the Madhya Pradesh government has hiked bus fares by ten percent, official sources here said Thursday. The hike has been declared following a recommendation to this effect by a cabinet sub-committee which assessed the increases in operational costs.

There has been a substantial increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, as well as spare parts and wages.

Claiming that the bus fare was being increased for the first time since 2004, Transport Minister Himmat Kothari said the private bus operators have been pressing for a hike in fares for the last one year.

Private bus operators had observed an indefinite strike in June last demanding a 50 percent hike in fares.

After examining the demands of the bus operators, the transport department gave its recommendations to the committee constituted by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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