The stage is set for a hike in TSRTC ticket fares soon. Sources have it that officials of TSRTC are learned to have prepared their respective proposals for an increase in power tariff and bus fares and are awaiting the government’s approval.
Addressing a press conference at Dr BR Ambedkar Transport Bhavan here on Wednesday, TSRTC managing director, VC Sajjanar, said that the decision was taken to cope up with losses caused by the covid pandemic and the hike in petrol prices.
Transport minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar who accompanied Sajjanar stated that the proposal was already made and are waiting for approval. “We have proposed an increase of 20 paise per kilometer on ordinary buses and 30 paise per kilometer on other services,” he added.
He then appealed to the general public to accept the hike to be step to compensate the losses and that RTC was consuming 6.8 lakh liters of diesel per day. According to the new fares, the minimum fare will be increased from Rs 10 per kilometer to a maximum of Rs 35 per kilometer. Pallevelugu, City Ordinary, City Suburban and Metro Express buses will be charged at Rs 10 per km. Metro Deluxe and Express buses will be charged at Rs 15 per km.
To note, RTC has incurred losses of Rs 4,260 crore in the last three years while Corona lockdown added extra benefit.