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Public transport to be expensive from Oct
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Sept 27 – Public transport will get costlier from next month with the Greater Guwahati Mini City Bus and Share Taxi (Trekker) Associations deciding to hike the fares from October 2.

As per the decision, the minimum fare of city bus and trekker would be Rs 6 and Rs 8 respectively.

The associations, although have urged the Government to hike the fares. They, however, said that the decision would not be reverted if Government do not endorse the same within September 30.

Talking to mediapersons here this afternoon, representatives of various association concerned said that decision was taken after discussing at length the issues gripping the transport system, especially after the recent hike in prices of diesel.

“It has become impossible for us to run the buses with the existing fare chart. While transport fares have remained more or less the same, insurance premium, road tax and prices of motor parts have witnessed sharp rise,” said Tapash Kumar Mishra, general secretary of Greater Guwahati Express City Bus Association.

As per the revised rates of city buses, the fares would have been hiked by Rs 2 in each category. While the minimum fare would be Rs 6, passengers travelling between three to six kilometers will have to pay Rs 7 and likewise each category passengers (travelling distance) will have to pay an additional Rs 2 compared to the existing rates.

Similarly, the minimum trekker fare from October 2 would be Rs 8 (upto 4 kilometers) and the passengers would be charged Rs 1 for each kilometer thereafter.

Fares of city buses and trekkers were last hiked in 2010 by the Government after hike in diesel prices.

The association rued that in spite of repeated request, the Government paid no heed to the concerns of the people associated with the sector. The associations also assured that the lapses in the existing transport system would be looked into.

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