Fare of ordinary and express category buses have been increased by three paise per kilometre while that of deluxe and AC deluxe have gone up by six paise per kilometre. Fare of super premium category buses has been raised by nine paise per km.
Ordinary buses will now charge 92p/km as compared to 89p/km earlier, while express buses will charge 96p/km against the previous rate of 93p/km. Similarly, deluxe and AC deluxe bus fares have been hiked to Rs 1.35/km and Rs 1.63/km, respectively. For super premium buses, passengers will have to pay Rs 2.53/km against Rs 2.44/km earlier.
If a passenger travels to Rourkela from Bhubaneswar (a distance of around 335 km) in an ordinary bus, he/she will have to pay Rs 308 from now on. The fare is Rs 322 for express bus, Rs 452 for deluxe category, Rs 546 for AC deluxe and Rs 848 if one travels in a super premium category bus.
An official notification issued by the state transport authority said the bus fares have been hiked due to an increase in diesel price from Rs 97.25/litre on July 1 to Rs 102.34/litre on Saturday. Debendra Sahu, general secretary of Private Bus Owners’ Association, said the fare has been increased according to the automatic fare revision mechanism. “Bus fares are increased by one paisa for every Rs 2 hike in fuel prices,” Sahu said.
He said both the Centre and state governments should reduce excise tax and VAT on diesel to bring down the prices of petrol and diesel. On March 4, fares of ordinary and express category buses were increased by 5p/km while that of deluxe and AC deluxe buses by 10p/km and super premium category buses by 15p/km.