People who have packed their bags to come home for the festival this week end you have already spent a lot of money travelling than you usually do. As it has been happening over the years when there is a festival near a weekend the bus fares shoot up exorbitantly without any good reason for doing the same.
Look at this Shantadurga Mercedes regular fare Rs.500 weekend Rs.1000. same is the case with most of the other players leaving PVG. (Not sure about PAI)
Sahana told this blog, “We booked tickets last week, from Mumbai to Belgaum and return. Mumbai to Belgaum cost us Rs.550, same bus 25th night from Belgaum is 750? us din kya sone k seat lagane wale hain kya ye log? I really dont understand.”
“We just decided to travel home (Belgaum) by car from Bangalore. We are 3 people so 1500×3=4500 for a one time journey and same again for the return journey, instead of this I decided lets travel by car only, we would only spend about 4000 on our entire journey” said Puneet.
The same situation of high fares in there in April 5 to 8. This is now a regular feature of hiking fares. The travel operators say they have to cover their losses for the year long service they provide and this is the only time when they can maximize the returns.
Public interest litigation has been filed in Mumbai against this unjust fare hike and the same has to yet come up for hearing.
The worst part there is no legislation which can keep a watch on the fare charged by these operators and the need for one is very important. We at AAB have been raising this issue ever since 2007 and keep on making awareness about the same. The worst part is we as commuters don’t have a choice and hence this LOOT.