AMARAVATI : Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has announced that the bus fares are marginally increased and this will come into effect from tomorrow, December 11. The APSRTC issued a press release in this regard with revised charges on Tuesday.
The inflated charges will come into effect from tomorrow morning. In the announcement, the APSRTC announced that it increased the rural bus price by 10 paise per kilometer. 20 paise per kilometer for Express, Ultra Deluxe, and Super Luxury buses.
In addition to this, Indra AC, Garuda and Amravati bus transportation rate will be hiked by 10 paise per kilometer, the APSRTC announced.
The RTC has made it clear that there will be no fare hike in the sleeper buses. Also, there is no increase in bus fare for City Ordinary buses up to 11 stations, RTC officials said. In the first 2 stages (10 km) in the Palle Velugu buses, there is no increase of fare and there will be a hike of Rs 5 for the next 75 km.
The AP government has taken this decision to save the RTC from losses. Diesel prices have gone up from Rs 49 to Rs 70 in the last four years, RTC officials said in a statement.
The increase in fuel prices is causing an additional burden of Rs 630 crore annually on the RTC. Due to spare parts and staff salaries, the RTC is further burdened with another Rs 650 crore. The bus fare has been increased to compensate for the losses, RTC officials said.