HC refuses urgent hearing of petition on bus fare hike

Henrietta Strickland
January 23, 2018

Pointing out to the recent protests of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) employees demanding adequate revision of their salaries, Mr. Raju said that such demands can not be met without increasing bus fares.

It may be noted that the administration had hiked the bus fare here on the Deepavali day and following stiff opposition from different political parties, it was withdrawn. The members of the public, comprising mainly daily wage earners, said the new fare implemented from yesterday took away a chunk of their meagre income.

The DMK has announced a state-wide strike on January 27 and the BJP on January 24. William said the hike was unjustified, arbitrary and made without following procedures.

All parties have demanded an immediate rollback of the hike. He wanted the court to interfere immediately by passing an interim order restraining the government from collecting the revised fares which are adversely affecting people. "The fare hike is like adding fuel to fire when people are already put to great suffering by GST and demonetisation", the PIL said.

Echoing his view, Transport Minister M R Vijayabaskar had at a public meeting at Karur sought an apology from the people for the hike, saying it was due to inevitable reasons "The government was pushed to increase the bus fare and there is no scope for a rollback", he had said.

The State Government's decision to upwardly revise the bus fare after six years resulted in heated arguments between the passengers, particularly the labourers, and the conductors in nearly all routes on Saturday.

In town buses, the fare has been hiked from a minimum of Rs. 3 to Rs. 5 and the maximum from Rs. 12 to Rs. 19.

While the minimum hike is in the ordinary category, where the fare of Rs. 5 for 10 km would now be Rs. 6 (20 per cent hike), the highest is in Volvo buses, where the fare of Rs. 33 for 30 km will now go up to Rs. 51 (54.54 per cent hike).

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