Mangaluru: Private operators hike fare - People patronise government buses

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Sep 3: At a time when coronavirus-related problems have delivered a deadly blow to all sections of the people, private buses have jacked up the ticket prices. This has opened up a big gap between the ticket rates of private and government buses. People therefore have been opting to travel by government buses as it saves money at this crucial time.

In the past, a meeting of organizations and institutions and people's representatives used to be held before the proposed bus fare hike was affected. Normally, these meetings never approved of the hike as proposed. Still, the fares usually went up by ten to fifteen rupees depending on the distance covered. This time, the fare hike has been affected in the guise of lockdown. In certain cases, the hike is as high as 50 percent.

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The workers who resumed work after the lockdown were in for a shock as the minimum fare of eight rupees had been increased to Rs 12. Travel by private bus from Mudipu to Mangaluru costs Rs 33 but in a government bus, people can travel this distance for Rs 19. Fare from Thokottu to Mangaluru is Rs 18 in private buses and Rs 11 in KSRTC buses.

The arbitrary hike in ticket fares has given rise to a chorus for extending government bus services on several routes. For example, Pavoor gram panchayat member Valerian D'Souza, said that the panchayat had long back written to KSRTC to begin bus services to Innoli in Pavoor gram panchayat. He said that the issue will be followed up further. Kamal Kumar, KSRTC traffic division, says that about 25 buses are doing local trips now and that demand for buses on other routes cannot be met for now. He says that the RTO permit is necessary for running the buses in the city.








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  • Priyanandan, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    Good evening. Ksrtc. Should concentrate. Mangladevi Morgan's gate to state bank via jyothi Mangladevi to surathkal bajpe pilikula and neermarga etc State bank to bc road via thokkottu 'state bank to bc road via neermarga and state bank to bc road via polali

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  • RandomUser, Udupi

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    People really need to understand that if KSRTC is operating buses at low prices even in such high price of fuel, will obviously post losses in their next quarterly results and then government will use the ppl's own paid tax money to cover these losses. Private at least provides better service compared to government buses. In places where there is monopoly of government buses, check the fares it charges for km's.. you will be shocked!!

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    Andh bhakts should not be allowed to board KSRTC buses or any government transport which is the assets created by CONGRESS government in the past

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  • Karthik Kamath, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    Government buses are running under loss and spending crores of tax payer money. While private buses are not only creating more jobs but also contributing to the Indian economy. The recent hike is totally justified.

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  • CHRISTINE, mangalore

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    Private offices and concerns though wage are low they work for more hours and see that customers will be satisfied. In Govt payment is high. leaves are more. working hours are less. Still people are not getting services. Always private is best in all ways. Cost is little more means the quality and service also will be good.

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    This is actually good news people should opt for govt buses these private buses drive like their driving a f1 vehicle. Attitude of these people are also nasty..

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  • Suman John Sequeira, Karkala

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    They are just trying to get a monopoly and chase private operators, hence low cost on these routes, but on routes which they have monopoly like Mangalore to dharmasthala, fare is higher as good as private operator and timing is not maintained as no competition. Only bus has to be full, wait for people and then they move. What good is it if rate i.ow. Once they have monopoly they will make you dance

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    People should have the guts to blame Modi because he foolishly increased the price of Diesel ...

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Fri, Sep 03 2021

    Andh bhaktis are ready to pay 500 rupees.govt should arrange such buses for them .lol

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