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Transport Minister talks of bus fare hike again

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Proposal to be submitted to CM shortly

Citing huge losses, the State’s road transport corporations are again preparing to seek Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s approval to hike bus fares. A proposal will soon be submitted to the Chief Minister, said Transport Minister D.C. Thammanna.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, the Minister said the hike was essential as the total loss of the transport corporations this financial year alone was ₹687 crore. “This time, the extent of hike will be left to the Chief Minister’s discretion,” the Minister said. The last hike was in 2013 when the diesel price was ₹53 per litre, the Minister said. The issue was discussed at the board meeting held on Wednesday and a decision to again submit a proposal has been taken, he said.

On October 12, the Transport Department had issued an order allowing fare hike of 18%, however, the order turned out to be a huge embarrassment for Mr. Kumaraswamy as it was issued on the day the State government announced slash in fuel price. The corporation was then told not to hike fares. “Last time we sought a bus fare hike, the diesel price was ₹74 per litre. Although the price has now reduced to ₹70 per litre, our losses are increasing. If the fare hike cannot be taken up, we will request the government for additional grants,” the Minister said.

RTO appointments

With nearly 270 posts of Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) vacant, the department will soon start recruitment of RTOs through the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC).

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