The Tripura government has decided to hike transport tariff by up to 25% citing the hike in petrol and diesel prices during the 2020-2021 financial year.

The transport tariff was last hiked in July 2018.

“We have decided to increase transport fares with the rise of petrol and diesel prices by 30% and 32% (respectively). However, we are not going to hike fares for Air Conditioned buses,” HT quoted transport minister Pranajit Singha Roy as saying.

After the revision, per kilometre fair for ordinary state transport buses has increased to 73 paise from 58 paise, similarly, the fair for minibuses has increased to 90 paise from earlier 72 paise per kilometre.

Fares for metered auto and contract auto services have also been hiked to Rs 20 for two kilometres and Rs 8.66 per kilometre from Rs 7.20 respectively, said the minister.

The government also announced a new bus service in hilly areas. The fare for minibuses under this service will be Rs 1.20 per kilometre and Rs 1.45 per kilometre for other small buses.

Night bus services operating from 9pm to 5am will charge an additional 25% fare and express bus services will levy an additional 15% charge.

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