The Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation on Thursday announced a hike in the fares of city bus services owing to fluctuations in fuel prices. The new fares come into effect from Friday.
Standing Committee chairman Bhupendra Patel justified the upward revision in the minimum and maximum fares from Rs 1-14 to Rs 2-21 in AMTS and from Rs 2-21 to Rs 3-28 in BRTS saying the hike was overdue in view of several fluctuations in fuel prices and skyrocketing overheads and establishment costs.
The hike will increase the AMTS revenue by Rs 18 lakh while BRTS will earn 30 per cent more in its current daily income of Rs 8.35 lakh.
The BRTS operators have been allowed hike in charges as per calculations arrived at in understanding with them,and due to that,the charge paid had gone up from Rs 34.11 to Rs 43.11 per km. But against this,there has been no increase in BRT bus fares, Patel said adding,The hike has caused loss of 33% in the income of BRTS,which has made it imperative to increase fares.