Karnataka: After criticism, KSRTC stops charging double fees to migrant workers

BENGALURU: Under fire for demanding exorbitant fees for stranded in the city, () decided on Saturday to charge only one-way fare to passengers.

On Friday, KSRTC charged up to Rs 1,984 per ticket from Bangalore to Bidar.

KSRTC decided to charge only the one-way fee after Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa He chaired a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister and Transport Minister Laxman Savadi on Saturday. The CM and the CM deputy allowed a flat-rate fee for migrants traveling by KSRTC in the state after a social distancing. The labor department will be asked to support the return rate, KSRTC stated.

Many migrant workers from various parts of the city continue to walk to Majestic to board buses to their places of origin. Pushpalatha H, who wants to go to Kalaburagi, said: There are no jobs for more than a month and now the bus fare is also high. I don't know how to get to my hometown. The government should provide us with free transportation.

Trust the bureaucracy to come up with absurd ideas in these trying times. Applying Rs 39 per km for full seats at KSRTC considering and dividing it by 50% of passengers is an example (sic), wrote Vinay S, netizen. On twitter.

KSRTC was charging round trip fares from passengers as of Saturday afternoon. Only a few workers who had money paid and boarded the bus, but those with a family of four or more were stranded as they were unable to pay the fare.

We are allowing only 30 passengers per bus to ensure social distancing and are allowed to board after a medical checkup. This is a point-to-point bus service and will not stop at any intermediate point. The cost was high due to 50% occupancy and round trip, but we are now charging only for the round trip, a KSRTC official said.