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AP Govt partially reduces bus fare hike after public uproar

Last Updated: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 22:42

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government
on Thursday night partially reduced the hike in passenger fares on the
state-run Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation
(APSRTC) buses following an uproar over the `enormous hike` in
fares announced by the corporation last night.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah, who reviewed the issue with
Transport Minister S Vijaya Ramaraju, decided to scale down
the hike so as to ease the burden on ordinary passengers.

Vijaya Ramaraju, who alleged that the RTC Managing
Director S S P Yadav effected the `enormous hike` unilaterally
by keeping the government in the dark, said after the meeting
with the Chief Minister that the minimum fare on Palle Velugu
(ordinary rural services) has been reduced to Rs 4 from Rs 5
while the minimum fare on city bus services has also been
reduced to Rs 4.

The fare for 10-km has been fixed at Rs 5, he said.

The minimum fare on express services has also been
reduced from Rs 12 to Rs 10, the minister added. There would
be no hike in the bus pass fares for students, he said.

The government, however, did not reduce the fare on
luxury services.

"The changes will come into force immediately," Ramaraju


First Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 22:42

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