AP Govt partially reduces bus fare hike after public uproar
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 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 said.


First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 22:42

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