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Posted at: Sep 15, 2018, 1:14 AM; last updated: Sep 15, 2018, 1:14 AM (IST)

Cabinet to take call on hike in bus fare

Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 14

Commuters may have to shell out more as a hike in bus fare is on the anvil, with the Cabinet likely to take a call at its meeting on September 24.

With the recent strike by private bus operators, the decision on the hike could be taken by the Cabinet now.

Private operators having over 4,000 buses have been demanding a hike in bus fare in view of the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has a fleet of 3,600 and is suffering huge losses.

The fare hike was last ordered in 2013. “In view of the hike in diesel prices, a hike in bus fare is on the cards for both private operators as well as the HRTC,” said Jagdish Sharma, Managing Director and Principal Secretary, Transport. He added that the bus fare, both in Uttrakhand and Punjab, was more than Himachal.

The issue of hike in schoolbus fare for private educational institutions in the state capital is also likely to be deliberated upon by the Cabinet. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had put the decision on hold following parents’ objections. Now, the Cabinet will take a call on it.

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