On Monday night, the Assam Cabinet has agreed upon a fare hike in busses by 25% in the wake of sky-rocketing fuel prices. The decision is highly welcomed by the All Assam Motor Transport Association and they are happy to see changes in the system.
However, there are still confusions and resentments among the commuters based on the same as the operators increased the fare on their own by 40% last year.
The general secretary of All Assam Motor Transport Association, Mr Pradip Das quoted saying, “We are thankful to the state government for the decision. It is our long-standing demand. However, we had been demanding a 40 per cent increase in bus fares. It was last regularised in October 2012. After the government notification, we will need two to three days to prepare a detailed fare chart. So, we are hoping it will come into effect from the first week of November. The increase will be on the fare mentioned in the 2012 notification. For long-distance buses, the fares might increase by Rs 80 to Rs 100.”
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