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Blog Entry# 1078075
Posted: Apr 30 2014 (14:50)

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Apr 30 2014 (07:15)   Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation ride costliest in India

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BANGALORE: Bangaloreans pay the highest bus fares, while Chennai's citizens pay the lowest.
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) charges the highest basic minimum fare across states. BMTC recently hiked its fares post polling day in Karnataka by 15% across services. The basic fare for ordinary bus service is Rs 6 for the first stage - a stage is a 2km stretch of a trip, and a standardized unit for public bus transport systems in India. The standard reason for the hike is the spike in diesel rates.
Though the city shares its spot
with Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) does not charge Rs 12 for the second stage, only Rs 8. BEST did not have a fare revision for several years, unlike BMTC that hiked fares five times in two years.
BEST runs on a Rs 758 crore loss, but the Shiv Sena government did not allow a fare revision during election year. Instead, the municipal corporation absorbed the losses partially, with an allocation of Rs 150 crore. But when the public protested against frequent hikes, it cited over-expenditure of Rs 300 crore and losses of up to Rs 140 crore.
Madras Transport Corporation in Chennai charges the lowest, at Rs 3, with the last fare hike in November 2011. This revision saw a sudden dip, with 7 lakh fewer passengers taking buses. Here also, losses run into hundreds of crores but the state government absorbs them all.
Delhi and Kolkata charge the same basic minimum fare - Rs 5 for the first stage. But the national capital absorbs Delhi Transport Corporation's losses, accruing to Rs 2,914 crore fully. The fares were last revised in 2009 from Rs 3 for up to 4km to Rs 5 - travelling more than 10km costs only Rs 15.
Kolkata is no exception. With five state transport undertakings and many private operators competing with each other, the market is very competitive when it comes to a fare hike, to keep commuters happy. Private operators suffer as they are affected by both the diesel price hike and stagnant fares, but continue to ferry 62.5 lakh citizens every day.
City--------Basic fare (in Rs)-Second stage
(With inputs from Krishnendu Bandyopadhyay, Somit Sen and Karthikeyan Hemalatha)

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