A decision to affect the bus fare hike, both for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and private operators, was taken at a Cabinet meeting here today, State Transport Minister Thiruvanchroor Radhakrishnan told reporters.
    
The last bus fare hike in the state was in 2012 and after that there was an increase of nearly 22 percent in the price of diesel, he said.

"Diesel price, which stood at Rs 48.75 per litre has reached Rs 60 now," he said, pointing out that it was also hiked by Rs one on Monday.
    
There was no other option available to the government other than affecting a 'nominal hike' to offset the rising diesel prices and sustain the sector, Radhakrishnan said.

The minimum charge of ordinary (city and town) mofussil and City Fast services has been increased from Rs six to seven, while that of Fast Passenger-Limited Stop Services to Rs ten from Rs eight, Super Fast from Rs 12 to Rs 13, Super Express from Rs 17 to Rs 20, Super Delux from Rs 25 to Rs 28 and Volvo Bus services from Rs 35 to Rs 40.
    
Similarly, the rate per km has also been increased by about six paise to 30 paise depending on the category of service. The bus fare hike would come into effect from May 20, he said to a question.

The government was also considering a financial package for reviving the cash-strapped Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, he said.     

Student’s concession has not been revised and Ramachandran Committee has been asked to submit a report on the subject within three months, he said.
    
Private Bus Operators in the state had demanded an increase of Rs two in minimum charges of ordinary services and corresponding hike in other categories.
    
The Bus Operators Association had also threatened indefinite stir if bus fare was not revised.

KSRTC had also represented before the Committee to have a hike in bus fares of all categories to offset the rise in diesel price in the last few years.

(Agencies)

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