The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has announced that it will be increasing the fares of its air-conditioned Volvo AC buses by 6% thanks to union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who has imposed service tax on state-carriage AC buses. Along with the tickets, the daily and monthly passes for Volvo buses will also see a price hike.
The price of the daily passes will be increased by Rs 8.40 while the monthly passes of AC buses which operate within the city are likely to cost Rs 135 more, and passes of AC buses to and from Kempegowda International Airport will cost Rs 201.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), which operates long-distance intra-state and inter-state buses, has also decided to shift the burden onto commuters by increasing fares by 6%.
“The new service tax rule has forced us to shift the burden onto passengers. People who are going to get affected include techies in IT corridors, airpassengers who use Vayu Vajra buses to the international airport, and students who use monthly passes to travel on AC buses.
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