Friday, 03 February 2023

MSRTC hiked fares across its services

MSRTC hiked fares across its services

MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) has hiked fares across its services, except night express bus, due to rising diesel prices and loss.

The new fare, which comes into effect from 25 October from midnight, increased ticket prices minimum by Rs 5, As per MSRTC press release. Travel in AC 'Shivneri bus between Mumbai Dadar and Swargate in Pune now costs Rs 525 instead of Rs 450. However, the release said that ticket rates of night express buses had been reduced by Rs 5 to Rs 10.

The corporation also hiked its employees' dearness allowance (DA) to 17 percent from the existing 12 percent before the Diwali festival.

The MSRTC, which has been sharply hit due to cut down operations amid the covid lockdowns and pandemic,

Shekhar Channe, a vice-chairman and managing director of state-run transport undertaking told news agency PTI. Is expecting to earn an additional Rs 50 crores from this move,

He said.

"We have decided to hike fare by around 17.17 percent mainly due to rise in diesel prices. The revised fares will be effective from 25 October midnight. MSRTC is change its bus fare after a gap of three year,"

A senior official said that State Transport Authority had approved MSRTC's fare raise in a meeting held earlier in a day.

The MSRTC has a staff capacity of around 95,000 employees and a fleet of 16,000 buses.

MSRTC release said

"Ticket prices of night buses are 18 percent higher than rates of ordinary buses runs during the day. The additional rate has been cancelled from tomorrow and ticket rates for day and night ordinary buses will remain same,"

As per the MSRTC, ordinary buses, which leave between 7 pm and 5 am and reach the destinations after a six-hour journey, are called 'Night Express' buses are called Ratrani buses. Passengers will have to pay Rs 525 instead of Rs 450 for the trip between Dadar in Mumbai city and Swargate in Pune city by air-conditioned 'Shivneri' buses after midnight of 25 October, an official said.

The official said passengers would have to pay Rs 860 rather than Rs 740 for Mumbai-Aurangabad journey will be Rs 730 rather than Rs 625 for Mumbai-Vijaydurg route journey on an ordinary bus.

As per an official, for tourist-friendly services like 'Mahabaleshwar Darshan' and 'Pratapgarh Darshan,' passengers will have to pay Rs 100 rather than Rs 60 and Rs 110 inside of Rs 70.

Earlier, on 15 June 2018, the MSRTC had raised the fares by 18 percent.

The corporation said, claiming it executed the fare hike due to "helplessness."

"Fuel prices have shoot up in the last three years. Although the fuel rates were increasing day-to-day, the MSRTC had kept the ticket rates steady,"

According to the release, the state-owned corporation has decided to hike fares to reduce the load on MSRTC due to a sharp rise in fuel prices and an increase in rates of tires and spare parts of vehicles.

In a separate press release, the corporation announced a hike in DA of its employees to 17 percent from the existing 12 percent. It also said the October salary of employees would be paid before the Diwali festival on 1 November instead of the scheduled 7th day of each month.

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