The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), which has been in the red for over two decades with accumulated losses pegged at Rs. 653 crore, will not hike bus fares in spite of the increase in prices of diesel.

“As of now, there is no proposal to increase bus fares in spite of increase of Rs. 11 per litre in prices of diesel, but the HRTC might consider some increase in starting fare which is too low at Rs. 2,” Transport Minister G.S. Bali said, after a meeting of the Board of Directors of the transport corporation.

Mr. Bali said road transport is the only mode of transport in the State and the government would continue to discharge its responsibilities and also implement the Chief Minister’s announcement of providing free travel facilities to students in HRTC buses. He, however, hinted at a review of bus services being run on uneconomic and unviable routes. He also said that any decision in this regard would be taken after broad consultations. - PTI