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Pune’s inter city private buses hike ticket prices, RTO yet to take action

Diwali rush: Private bus operators charge more than 1.5 times, MSRTC ticket rates

pune Updated: Nov 09, 2018 14:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,diwali,RTO
Private buses at Sangamwadi Bridge, Shivaji Nagar in Pune(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Inter-city private bus operators have faced no action from the regional transport authorities (RTO), even though some operators are flouting government resolution by charging exploitative rates on ticket fare during Diwali rush.

Vinod Sagre, deputy regional transport officer however maintained that the RTO has not received any complaints as a result of which no action has been taken so far.

Travelling expensive during Diwali
RTO has taken no action against pvt bus operators who are flouting government resolution by charging exploitative rates on ticket fare during Diwali rush.
PRIVATE BUSES OVERCHARGE COMMUTERS
NAGPUR
Pune to Nagpur on Nov 6
Mahendra travels: 4.30pm, ₹4,500
Citizen travel: 10pm, ₹3,800
Chirag travel: 9.30 pm, ₹3,501
Prasanna purple grand:10 pm, ₹2,990
Shree khurana travels: 8.30 pm, ₹2,381
Nagpur to Pune on Nov 10
Mahendra travels:10.30pm, ₹4,200
Mahendra travels: 11.30pm, ₹4,000
VRL travels: 5pm, ₹3,900
Prasanna purple: 7.30pm, ₹3,590
Chirag travels: 5pm, ₹3,500
AMRAVATI
Pune to Amravati on Nov 6
Chirag travels: 9.30pm, ₹3,510
Citizen travels: 10pm, ₹3,500
Aadi raj travels: 8pm, ₹3,250
Prasanna purple travels: 10pm, ₹2,990
Saini travels: 8.15pm, ₹2,817
Amravati to Pune on Nov 10
VRL travels: 10.30, ₹3,900
Sanjay travels: 7pm, ₹3,610
Prasanna purple platinum: 10pm, ₹3,590
Chirag travels: 7.30pm, ₹3,500
Maharashtra travels miglani: 7pm, ₹3,500
LATUR
Pune to Latur on Nov 6
Global travel agency: 11.58pm, ₹1,900
Geeta’s bus SRK travels: 11pm, ₹1,500
Patel travels shabnam red: 10.30pm, ₹1,400
Krishna varun travels: ₹1,240
Manasi travels Pune rich class: 10.45pm, ₹1,200
Latur to Pune on Nov 10
Kumar travels: 8.45pm, ₹1,850
Preeti travels brand new: 9.30pm, ₹1,715
Kingfisher transline new brand CST: 9.35pm, ₹1,524
Venus travels: 8.40pm, ₹1,400
Orange tours and travels: 8.30pm, ₹1,400
NANDED
Pune to Nanded on Nov6
Prasanna purple plus: 9.30pm, ₹1,690
Prasanna purple: 8.30pm, ₹1,690
Samrat travels (Pune) shreephal: 9.45pm, ₹1,610
Mansi travels Pune pari: 9.30pm, ₹1,600
Sharma travels: 9.35pm, ₹1,524
Nanded to Pune on Nov 10
Khurana travels: 6.30pm, ₹2,137
Amaal’s travels amul taj: 6.30pm, ₹1,905
Amaal’s travels rich class: 8.30pm, ₹1,800
Mansi tours and travels: 7.30pm, ₹1,700
Prasanna purple: 9.30pm, ₹1,690

The fare of private buses is high on the days in the run-up to Diwali, that is till November 6. The fare, however, on the three days of Diwali - November 7, 8, 9 - is back to normal. However, on the day after Diwali, i.e, starting November 10, the fare skyrockets again.

This surge pricing comes even after the state government had issued a resolution on April 27, 2018, that private bus contractors cannot charge more than 1.5 times the fare charged by the Maharashtra state road transport corporation (MSRTC) buses. Moreover, MSRTC also announced the annual fare hike during Diwali . Between November 1 and November 17, the MSRTC fare will be increased by 10 per cent, as per the order issued by Diwakar Raote, state transport minister and chairman of MSRTC. The RTO had also held a meeting along with the private bus operators to convey the decision.

“I was not present at the meeting. We have not faced any action from the RTO because our rates are as per the rule - 1.5 times the MSRTC rates,” said Atul Waikos of Saini travels. However, a bus by Saini travels leaving from Sangamwadi and heading towards Amravati was being sold at ₹2,817 (sleeper) on an online aggregator platform. As the MSRTC rate of that route is ₹1,585, the fare should not have exceeded ₹2,377.

First Published: Nov 07, 2018 14:44 IST