Hyderabad: The ruling Congress leaders today joined the chorus of protests against the decision of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) to
"The steep hike in bus fares is not justified. Poor and middle class people travel by the RTC buses. There should be a rational decision on the bus fares," Congress MLA and
Government Whip S Sailajanath told reporters.
Terming the RTC`s decision to increase fares as anti-poor, main opposition Telugu Desam, BJP and Left parties held protests demanding that the hike be withdrawn.
Slamming the hike in fares, activists of the opposition parties held sit-ins at Bus Bhavan, the headquarters of the APSRTC here.
"This hike reflects the callous attitude of the Rosaiah government towards the common people. We demand that the government withdraw the increased bus fares," BJP floor leader in the assembly G Kishan Reddy said.
TDP activists led by party MLA D Umamaheswara Rao held a protest in Vijayawada against the decision.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister S Vijayarama Raju said the decision to hike the bus fares was taken by the RTC management without informing the government.
"This decision was taken without informing the government. I will talk to Chief Minister about the matter," he said.
Defending the increase in fares, Managing Director of APSRTC and senior IPS officer SSP Yadav said the hike is inevitable as the RTC is making huge losses.