Bus services back to normal even as fares remain high
Kollam: Though buses have started allowing more number of passengers after the relaxation of Covid protocols, the bus fare remains same as the special rate introduced during pandemic period. When the bus services resumed after months of lockdown, the ticket charges were increased upto 20-30 percent as the number of passengers was limited.
Only one passenger was allowed to sit in the two seaters and two persons could sit in the three seaters. They were not allowed to travel by standing. Hence, the ticket rates were increased from July 3 to support the bus owners. But the ticket fares have not been reduced even after the services are back to normal. However, a group of private buses have already lowered the rate.
Before Covid, the ticket rate for KSRTC fast-passengers from Thiruvananthapuram to Kollam was Rs 68. Now the ticket charge is Rs 84. In superfast, the ticket fare increased from Rs 69 to Rs 87. In certain routes, ordinary ticket rates rose to over 20 percent.
With a surge in the number of passengers, KSRTC’s income has improved. In the first week of August, the income generated from a KSRTC bus was Rs 8,727. In September, this rose to Rs 9,306 and in October it hit Rs 11,459.
The regular passengers are fed up with the increased bus fare. KSRTC has deployed fast passengers in certain routes instead of ordinary chain services and this has doubled the distress of passengers.