With diesel prices in the city being hiked by Rs5 a litre from Thursday midnight, school bus fees are also likely to go up. The school bus owners’ association (SBOA) has hinted that bus fees could go up by at least Rs 30 to 50 per month.
Depending on the distance between home and school, bus operators charge between Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,200. Anil Garg, of SBOA, said because of the fare hike it could go up by at least Rs30 to Rs50. There are more than 1,000 school buses plying on the city’s roads. “We don’t have any option but to pass the burden on to parents, as the diesel price hike is very steep,” Garg said.
Garg said on an average every school bus required fuel of Rs800. “With the fare hike our monthly expenses on fuel will go up by more than Rs 2,200. With retrospective effect other things will also become dearer for bus operators,” he said.
The NCP has opposed the diesel price hike, with party spokesperson, Nawab Malik saying the Centre should roll it back. He also said there should not be a cap on subsidised LPG cylinders as the common man was already reeling under high prices.