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Bengaluru Transport Corporation to increase fares for school bus services from September 1 | Details here

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has taken the decision to increase the cost of its chartered services by Rs 5 per kilometer from September 1. Parents fear that this increase will encourage schools to increase transport costs further.

With the revised fares, charges for both AC and non-AC buses will increase. (Representative image)

STRONG POINTS

  • BMTC has raised fares for school bus services by Rs 5 from September 1
  • Schools use BMTC bus services on a rental basis
  • Currently, 243 buses are used by different educational institutions

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to increase the approved service charge for educational institutions and other organizations by Rs 5 per kilometer from September 1.

The authority said that despite rising gasoline and diesel prices since 2017, BMTC’s school bus service charges have not been increased.

Currently, 243 buses are used to transport students to 47 different educational institutions in the city. While some schools have alerted parents to the increase, others have chosen to bear the additional expenses themselves.

The company offers non-AC buses under charter services in different categories, including 47-seat Pushpak buses, 40-seat regular buses, 31-seat midi buses and 41-seat BS-6 buses.

REVISED RATES

With the increase in fares, the trip in a 47-seater non-air-conditioned bus will cost Rs 45 per km, while for a 40-seater non-air-conditioned bus, it will cost Rs 40 per km.

The revised fare for a 31-seat non-AC bus is Rs 37 per km, while it will be Rs. 41 per km for BS-6 buses.

However, a senior BMTC official said the tariffs are still cheaper than those charged by private operators.

The company earned a total of Rs 30.2 crore in the period 2019-20 and Rs 31.3 crore in the period 2018-19 from these chartered services, according to BMTC data.

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