JCTSL hikes fares of low-floor buses

Jaipur City Transport Service (JCTSL) limited, too, has decided to increase fares of low-floor buses. Managing director, JCTSL, Malaini Agarwal, said, “The revised fares will be implemented from Tuesday. We have decided to increase the fare after increase in diesel prices.” She added, “It was essential to increase fare for low-floor buses to meet the operational expenses. However, the fare increased is minimum so that it does not affect people.” Earlier, the minimum fare for lowfloor buses for 0 to 4 kilometres was Rs 5 which has now increased to Rs 6. An official said, “The minimum fare has been increased by one rupee, whereas, Rs 2 has been increased in two categories and the maximum increase is Rs 3.”
Monthly passes for JCTSL lowfloor buses has also been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 600. The daily pass which was for Rs 30 has been increased to Rs 40. The increased fare has affected the common man. Vinesh Gujjar, who is a guard and earns Rs 2,700 a month, says, “Increasing Rs 100 on monthly pass will certainly affect me. The cheapest mode of transportation is getting expensive day by day due to irrational policies of the government.” The JCTSL has also increased Rs 50 for sub-urban passes. Agarwal said, “The a/c buses were recently launched in the city and it would be a burden on passengers if the fare will be increased.” However, sources in the department said the a/c low-floor buses are unable to attract commuters in the city, so even if authorities increase its fare, people won’t mind.