Pune: Several private luxury bus operators have doubled or tripled their fares amid the coronavirus scare. This has forced several students in Pune to cancel their plan to go back to their hometowns.
After the State government ordered closure of schools, colleges till March 31, students preferred to go to their hometowns. However, an unreasonable hike (Rs 500-1,000) in bus fares has hit commuters.
Mohit Makode, a student from Chandrapur, said, “As soon as our institute declared a holiday, I decided to go back home. But I could not do so because of a steep hike.”
Sayali Urkute, a student from Gadchiroli, said, “We usually pay around Rs 1,000 up to Nagpur. However, the private bus operator demanded Rs 2,200. Trains are either jam packed or not available.”
When Sakal Times asked District Collector Naval Kishore Ram about the unreasonable hike in private bus fares, he said, “We will look into the issue after speaking to officials concerned.”