Buses parked at KSRTC bus stand in Bengaluru | PTI
Bengaluru: With toll booths starting to operate on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway, Karnataka RTC increased the ticket fare for services conducted to the Northern districts of Kerala via this route.
Rs 15 was increased for Karnataka Sarige buses, Rs 18 for Rajahamsa buses and Rs 20 for Airavat, Airavat Club Class and Corona Ambaari Sleeper buses. The revised rates came into effect on Wednesday night.
The hike applies to buses conducting services from Bengaluru to Kozhikode, Kannur, Kanhangad and Kasaragod via the expressway.
Toll charges are Rs 460 for one side journey for Sarige and Rajahamsa buses and Rs 500 for Airavat and Airavat Club class buses.
The Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is yet to revise the fares. Officials in Bengaluru said that the Thiruvananthapuram office of the KSRTC had been notified about the launch of toll booths.
Meanwhile, private bus owners said they were not planning to hike fares since the expressway offers better mileage and reduces total journey time.
Meanwhile, passengers expressed concern about increasing the fare. They argued that it was not right to increase fares since fuel costs have been significantly reduced while travelling on the expressway.