Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 23:
The Odisha government today hiked the bus fare across the board as per automatic fare adjustment mechanism.
According to a notification issued by the Commerce and Transport department, the fare for ordinary and express buses has been increased by 1 paisa per kilometre and the fare for Deluxe and AC Deluxe category buses has been increased by 2 paise per kilometre.
With this, the fare of the ordinary buses has been increased to 59 paise per km from 58 paise per km, express buses to 62 paise from 61 paise per km, deluxe category to 82 paise per km from 80 paise, AC Deluxe buses to Rs 1.03 from Rs1.01 per km, the notification added.
The state government had revised bus fares just 20 days back on May 3 this year following hike in fuel prices under the automatic mechanism.
It may be mentioned here that the state government had announced the implementation of the automatic mechanism for revision of fares on June 4 last year as per the demand of the All Odisha Private Bus Owners’ Association (AOPBOA).
Under the automatic mechanism system, rise and fall in bus fares would be determined based on the rise and fall of fuel prices.