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New bus fare enforced, people demand rollback

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Hamirpur, October 01, 2013
First Published: 19:32 IST(1/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:33 IST(1/10/2013)

 People of Hamirpur district are upset with the enhanced bus fare that was enforced all over Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday.


The new fare is likely to hit the poor and short distance travellers the most, as the minimum bus fare have been fixed Rs. 5.

However, the people are not happy with the move of the Himachal government that may cost dear to the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Ram Singh of Sujanpur said that he had to pay Rs. 5 for travelling just 1 km - from main bus stand to the Beas River Bridge - which was shocking. He demanded that the revised fare should be rolled back; otherwise the Congress would face its consequence in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Similarly, Seema Devi of Galore complained that she had to pay more, in spite of that the conductor didn't give her a ticket and when she asked for it, he told her to leave the bus.

She demanded from chief minister Virbhadra Singh to take notice of the fare hike and direct transport minister GS Bali to roll it back.

Meanwhile, workers of the Left parties led by Kashmir Singh, a senior leader of the Himachal wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), on Tuesday held a massive demonstration against the bus fare hike at Gandhi Chowk and burnt the symbolic effigy of the state government. They raised anti-government slogans and demanded immediate withdrawal of the hiked bus fare.

While addressing the party workers, Thakur said the bus fare hike was uncalled for, anti-people and unwarranted.

He said the Left would continue to protest against the hike, as it would break the backbone of all, especially the poor.

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