Tamil Nadu government on Friday hiked the fares of buses under state-run transport corporations and private entities approximately by 20 to 54.54 percent according to the media reports.
The minimum hike is in the moffusil ordinary category, where the fare of Rs 5 for 10 km would now be Rs 6 (20 percent 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 percent hike).
Private transport entities will be permitted to establish similar funds.
Madras High Court says, Can’t interfere in bus fare hike in Tamil Nadu
The Madras High Court today dismissed a public interest litigation against the bus fare hike which came into effect in the State from 20 January.
Chief Justice Indira Banerjee who heard the PIL by one V Munikrishnan said that the court cannot interfere in the administrative decision of the government.
“Rates of many things increase. Can the Court interfere with each and everything?” the HC asked. It, however, wanted the fares to be displayed in all government and private buses.
Munikrishnan submitted that he came to know through the print and visual media that the State government has hiked the bus fares from 20 January, citing various reasons like increase in diesel prices, spare parts, maintenance and salaries.
He said, as per statistics, 80 percent of the people use buses for travelling, particularly the poor and middle class as it was more affordable compared to other modes of transport.
Southern Railways revenue increased due to Tamil Nadu Bus Fare
Due to the increase of bus fare in Tamil Nadu, Southern Railways has seen more patronage in the past few days. It is said that on 20 and 21 January alone a revenue of close to Rs 11.16 crore was generated by the railways.
Sources say that in Chennai alone on 12,47,596 passengers used the electric train services during these two days