Kerala Cabinet decided to hike the bus fares by three to ten paise per km on Wednesday.
The minimum fare for ordinary service will go up by Re. 1 from Rs. 5. The minimum fare for city and town services will go up from Rs. 7 to Rs. 8 and that for superfast services from Rs. 10 to Rs. 12.
The new minimum fares for super express and super deluxe buses will be Rs. 17 and Rs. 25 against current rates of Rs. 15 and 20 respectively. The minimum fare for luxury and Volvo buses, which is Rs. 30 now, will go up by Rs. 5.
The minimum fare for students will be increased from 50 paise to Re. 1.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media after the Cabinet meeting that the hike was decided accepting the recommendations of the Justice Ramachandran Committee that studied the need for revision of fares. It had rejected recommendations regarding student concessions other than that relating to the minimum fare.