Student concession fare should be made 50 percent, recommends Justice M Ramachandran
Kochi: Justice M Ramachandran said that the bus fare concession for students should be increased to 50 percent of the actual fare. Also providing same concession to students of all age must be considered. At present, the decreased fare for students can’t be called concession, added.
Ramachandran was speaking to Mathrubhumi after submitting an interim report recommending bus fare hike in wake of COVID pandemic.
A discussion with student representatives was to be held in March as part of increasing the fare. This didn’t take place due to Janata Curfew and lockdown.
The students are still paying the amount that was fixed 30 years ago which now comes to just 10 percent of the actual fare. Let the fare continue as such for primary level students. For others, it has to be reviewed, he added.
“Only 2500 of the total 12,000 private buses are in service even after providing lockdown relaxations. In the report submitted, I have put forward measures in view of the existence of the bus industry. Also these measures shouldn’t burden the public,” he further said.
Taking into account the crisis due to COVID pandemic, concession in taxes have been recommended in the report. Another study had found that 3 lakh two wheelers have been added to our roads in the past few years. This has resulted in lower commuters. More than the young, elderly people depend on public transport, he opined.
Ramachandran also said that the final report will be submitted after conducting hearings in this regard after the COVID pandemic.