Mangaluru: Private bus operators’ quadruple fares; EC urges transport dept intervention

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Apr 23: Private bus operators have hiked fares by four times just four days before and after the Lok Sabha elections, causing hardship for people commuting to vote, especially those working in distant places.

Residents of coastal districts, who often travel to places like Mysuru and Bengaluru for work, typically return to their hometowns during elections. With a series of holidays this time around, including Election Day on Friday, a holiday on Saturday (the fourth Saturday of the month), the usual Sunday off, and some planning to extend their stay for three more days to enjoy Labour Day on May 1, private bus operators are taking advantage of the situation.

The ticket prices from Bengaluru to Mangaluru, Udupi, and Kundapur, usually Rs. 800, have skyrocketed to Rs. 2600 for Sunday, April 28. Even fares for April 25, the day before polling, have surged fourfold, with most buses already booked in advance.

For an AC sleeper from Bengaluru to Mangaluru, the fare on April 25 has soared to Rs 2600, and for a non-AC sleeper, it is Rs 1900. On April 28, the return journey from Mangaluru, the fare is fixed at Rs 2450 for AC sleeper and Rs 2300 for non-AC sleeper.

KSRTC officials state that they do not increase fares, except if additional buses are deployed on weekends to cope with demand, in which case the ticket price may increase by just 20%. Weekday fares remain unchanged.

Tickets are also selling out on KSRTC buses, prompting the addition of buses for election duty, particularly to Kundapur, Udupi, Mangaluru, and Dharmasthala from Bengaluru. Kundapur alone has seven buses allocated for advance booking, with a total of 15 additional buses arranged. Similarly, 50 additional buses have been organized for Udupi and Mangaluru.

Two prominent political parties have organized transportation for voters from Bengaluru to various constituencies in coastal districts to ensure they can cast their votes.

The Election Commission (EC) has been informed of the exorbitant fare hikes through a video conference. The EC has written to the Karnataka transport department to take corrective action, but as of now, no action has been observed. Udupi deputy commissioner Dr Vidyakumari has stated that additional buses will be arranged through KSRTC.





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  • Rampa, Kudla

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    When people are ready to buy 1 liter petrol at 1000 rupees,why can't they pay 2800 for a comfortable trip.

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Pvt bus owners association And labour Association always in support of BJP, so no cry baby now.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Near about 60 years back, the Taxi was running between Mangalore, Udupi, Kundapur, Bantwal, Belthangady Puttur. I think it's better to start that system again. The taxi was running starting point oposit Kulyadikar cloth shop and near syndicate bank ( now canarabank).Udupi and Puttur sde. Travellers must demand that system again.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    First of all ask them to install Doors in all city and service buses. What happened to DCs order to fix doors???? Any value for him.??,

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  • Shivaprasad K U, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    This is purely Mafia and menace even during weekends sometimes.

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  • Malinga, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Private bus operators have earned the rights to increase the fares on their own will by offering 'mamuli' to the ministers!

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    just wondering how strong is this lobby of dk and udupi districts...they did not allow train route between mumbai and mangalore for a long time...only because of george fernandes it became functional..between bengalore and mangalore they are still holding public and govt to ransom...a good boooty is being given to rto for such the buzdil public of dk and udupi cry and not protest..people should unite and dont travel in such time....

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Bus Mafia !!!!! Why don’t the public protest and throw these goondas out of Mangalore and Udupi

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    In this kind of situation government should take strict action. Even during festivals they hike prices of not only on commuting but also on vegetables. Governments job is to check prices so that we dont suffer in a independant country.

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    It is outrageous... Straight loot of helpless public... People will travel to exercise their fundamental right to choose... Bus operators must not take advantage of such situations... In such cases govt. must give the option of voting where they are to people.... This must be implemented so that travel costs can be saved and people can carry out their sacred duty towards the nation...

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