Tamil Nadu bus fares increased by 67%
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Friday increased bus fares for state-run transport corporations and private firms by a maximum of almost 67%.
The state transport department, in a statement on Friday night, said the minimum fare for ordinary-service MTC buses is now 5, up from the earlier 3, and the maximum is 23, up from 14.
The government had set the minimum hike at 20%, the department said. However, passengers will also have to pay more for toll charges and accident claim settlements, under a revised state policy on bus tickets, it said. In non-metros, tickets would range between 3 and 19.
The government attributed the decision to increase fares in view of cost of fuel, spare parts and maintenance, besides wages for employees of the various debt-ridden state transport corporations.
The transport department tried to justify the hike by comparing the situation in neighbouring states. Even after revision, bus fares in Tamil Nadu are lower than those in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh which have made eight increases in the past 16 years, the statement said.