Buses and matadors union hike fares in Doda as commuters cry foul

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Newspoint Bureau Newspoint Bureau Doda, July 12The bus travel in Doda district has become costlier with the transporters increased the fare with their own will from rupees 10 to 20 per passenger on various routes in spite of the order of transport department to increase fair on various routes to Rs 5 to 7 per passenger. Daily passengers who were eagerly waiting for the government to announce cut in fares as there has been no increase in diesel rates in the past few months, were dissatisfied with the increase of fair from today in whole Doda district.  Private buses and matadors hike fares without any further notification in Doda and Bhaderwah as commuters cry foul and there is no hike in diesel prices. The sudden rampant increase has taken commuters unawares, leading to arguments between them and conductors. The commuters said that despite any new notification regarding the bus fare hike was made public by the government, the passenger vehicles here have started overcharging huge amount the passengers thereby resulted in the immense hardships to them.The conductors of private buses and matadors plying from Bhaderwah to Doda or Bhaderwah to Jammu said there had been an increase of Rs 10 to 20 in the fare for from today , but people were not aware of it and refused to shell out the extra money and said transport department recently increased some per cent fair but in Doda district there is rampant increase which needs investigation .”The bus owners have passed the scanned copy of bus fare hike, which seems to be forged as the government has not made any notification regarding the bus fare hike public,” alleged many passengers in the condition of anonymity who travels daily basis within district Doda.They said that in case the government has taken any decision regarding the bus fare hike then they should have made the notification public. “If the bus owners are charging additional Rs 10 or Rs 20 on their will, then the government should take immediate action them,” they said.Commuters are upset about the lack of uniformity in hiking the charges and not being informed about it in advance.  “There was no announcement about the government’s decision to increase bus fares and how it was going to be raised in any of the newspaper, television or radios. Buses charge different fares on different days. Private buses have also begun to hike their fares by Rs10-Rs20 ,” they added.The bus and matador passengers have demanded a further reduction of at least Rs 2 per kilometer. The bus passengers demanded a proportionate decrease in bus fares. “We urge the Chief Minister to further reduce the rates so that the common man may get some relief from at least one quarter,” said passengers.

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