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Countless passengers boarding a bus at Khadgarha bus stand.
- Increased freight on Simdega, Chakradharpur and Palamu routes
- The fare of Gumla, Palamu, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Giridih routes also increased by 40 to 50 rupees.
Due to the Corona epidemic, the Transport Department has put a complete ban on increasing the bus fare. Transport Commissioner Kiran Kumari Pasi has clearly directed the bus operators not to increase the fare in any way. The Jharkhand Bus Owners Association has also not formally announced the fare hike. Despite this, the fares of buses plying from Ranchi to other districts were increased. The fare for buses on Ranchi to Simdega, Chakradharpur and Palamu routes has been increased by Rs 50 to 60.
Earlier 200 per seat fare was being charged on Simdega route. Now it has been reduced to Rs 250. Whereas the fare of Chakradharpur was Rs 150, now Rs 200 is being charged. The fares for Gumla, Palamu, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Giridih routes have also been increased by Rs 40 to 50. Passengers are also not protesting the increased fares, as the bus closure was causing the most problems in the movement. Health Protection Week is in force till 6 am on 8th July. In such a situation, inter-state buses are likely to run from July 8. After this, travel to other states will also be expensive. Because there is a preparation to increase the fare of buses of Bihar, UP, West Bengal route.
Not following kovid guide line in buses
Argument of bus operators – diesel is expensive, passengers are not getting, compulsion to increase fare
Jharkhand Bus Owners Association President Sachchidanand Singh said that diesel has become very expensive in the last three months. Right now buses have started running inside the district, but passengers are also not available, so there is a compulsion to increase the fare.
The passengers coming from outside are being screened at the railway station-airport. While the movement of more than 10 thousand passengers is happening daily at Birsa Munda Bus Terminal, ITI Bus Stand, Government Bus Depot, but there is no arrangement for any investigation.
Who stopped the bus operators, the officials also kept silent on increasing the fare of buses
The officials have kept silence when the bus operators have increased the fare from their level. A query related to fare hike was sent to Transport Commissioner Kiran Kumar Pasi on WhatsApp, but he did not respond after seeing the message.