GUWAHATI, Oct 3: Assam government has justified the bus fare hike effected by private operators from today, citing rise in prices of motor parts, insurance fee and salaries of the staff.
Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today told the State Assembly that if the private operators have to run their business, the fare hike is necessary.
�The last time the fare was revised was in 2012. Since then, motor parts prices have increased by 68 per cent, insurance fee has gone up by 45 per cent while the salaries of the staff have been raised by almost 54 per cent. Rise in prices of fuel has prompted the fare hike,� Patowary said.
He also maintained that the bus fares in the State are one of the lowest in the country.
Patowary, however, claimed that the fares would go up by 30 per cent.