Explanation sought from KSRTC for collecting extra charges on Sabarimala route

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Seeking Explanation for Extra Charges Collected on Sabarimala Route

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NewDelhi: The National Competition Commission has sought an explanation from KSRTC for collecting extra charges from passengers traveling on the Nilakkal-Pamba route. The commission has apparently sought an explanation from the state government as well, for deciding to nationalize 31 routes including the Nilakkal-Pamba route exclusively for KSRTC services. The commission has given four weeks time to reply.

Private buses are not allowed on the Nilakkal-Pamba route. At present, KSRTC is collecting an exorbitant charge, Rs 50 for a single ticket. The normal rate for a bus ticket on this route is only Rs 28.50.

However, KSRTC is charging around Rs 100 per person for two-way trips. AC services are even more expensive, with ticket charges going up to Rs 160 for a single traveler.

Advocate Shine P Sasidhar had approached the Competition commission, citing violation of rules by KSRTC.

It should be noted that several welfare organizations had earlier come up with the proposal of operating free bus services on the Nilakkal-Pamba route. However KSRTC was reluctant to give up its monopoly in the region.

Since buses are being operated on the Sabarimala route for almost 160 days in a year, the complainant has requested the commission to include it under ‘special services’.

During Sabarimala season, private vehicles are allowed only up to Nilakkal. In the peak season, an estimated number of 2 lakh devotees rely on the KSRTC buses every day for fulfilling their divine journey.

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