The West Bengal government today announced the increased fare chart of public transport system in the state which will be effective from June 11.
A Transport department notification said, the existing fares of non-AC stage carriages run by private operators and state transport undertakings shall be effective from June 11.
As per the new fare chart, the minimum fare for ordinary bus services will be Rs 7 up to 4 km, followed by Rs 9 for a distance of 4-12 km, Rs 10 for 12-16 km, Rs 11 for 16-20 km.
For 20-24 km the new fare will be Rs 12 for ordinary bus services.
For mini bus and special buses, the increased fare will be Rs 8 up to 3 km, Rs 9 from 3-6 km, Rs 10 from 6-10 km and Rs 11 from 10-16 km, the notification said.
According to the notification, the minimum taxi fare has been fixed at Rs 30 from Rs 25 earlier.
For every additional 0.2 km (200 metres), the taxi fare will be increased by Rs 3. For AC taxis, the proposed rates will be an additional 25 per cent on all the rates proposed for ordinary metered taxis.
For Tramways, fare has been fixed at Rs 6 for a distance up to 4 km and Rs 7 beyond 4 km.
Fare charts have also been announced for the districts, intra-state express bus services and inter-state express bus services and inland waterways.
Earlier on June six Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari announced the decision to hike the bus fare by Rs one in every stage and put the onus on Centre for "causing the additional burden on common people by increasing the price of petrol and diesel."
This is the first time that the bus fares in the state is being increased after 2014. At present, a passenger has to pay Rs 6 for the first stage of four km in an ordinary bus, while travelling in a mini-bus cost Rs 7 for the first two km.
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