THE UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) on Friday announced 20 per cent reduction in fares of all category of buses, including the air conditioned ones, till December 31 this year.
The authorities have decided to reduce bus fares in the wake of coming festival season.
The fares would go down from Rs 14 to Rs 116 in different category of the buses.
Announcing this at a press conference, Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal said that the UPSRTC bus fares were already lesser than that of the Railways.
He expressed the hope that the fare concession would encourage people to avail of various bus services of the corporation. Besides, it would go a long way in providing the people with better service.
Replying to a question, the minister said that the decision to extend the concession beyond December 31 would be made only after taking into account the people’s response and the load factor.
Claiming improvement in bus services, he said that the load factor had gone up by 3 per cent in the last three months and income of the corporation had also registered an upward trend.
He also said that more efforts were needed to improve the overall functioning and performance of the corporation for which efforts were being made.
The Lucknow-Delhi fare in an air-conditioned bus had now come down to Rs 484 (berth) and Rs 434 (seat) from Rs 600 and Rs 550, respectively.
He said that CNG buses would start plying on the Lucknow-Kanpur route by the year-end.
The minister said that a committee headed by principal secretary of the Bureau of Public Enterprises had been set up to consider pending demands of the roadways employees after holding discussions with leaders of various unions of the UPSRTC.