Planning to go out this long weekend? You may want to think twice

Planning to go out this long weekend? You may want to think twice

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-08-12 17:04 Bengaluru: With the impending long weekend, transport companies are making a killing in the city. The bus fares have been doubled up almost and those travelling out of the state are feeling the pinch.On a normal day, travelling from Bengaluru to Chennai would cost Rs 600 however, since Thursday, the prices have shot up. The transport companies are charging Rs 1,700 and they say the price will remain the same till Sunday.“I travel very often to Chennai to meet my parents. I know prices are hiked during festivals or long holidays. But this time, the travel fare is too much,” says Arul Selvi, a techie.Srujana, an engineering student who is traveling to Hyderabad tonight regretted her decision for not booking in advance.“The rates would usually be around Rs 1,000. However, this time we have holiday from Friday to Monday and the buses are charging Rs 2,700 to Hyderabad,” she rued.In fact, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, (KSRTC) usually hikes bus fare during weekends at least by 30 to 50 per cent.Umesh Babu, Chief Traffic Manager, KSRTC said, “The department has a fleet of 8,300 buses. However, we have kept 1,200 more buses ready to accomodate the festival rush.”He further said that there are 400 premium buses to meet interstate travel demands but the pricing is in accordance to the rules. “We slightly increase the price during weekends and Rs 100 to Rs 200 during public holidays,” he added.Following is the list of destinations and the fare charged by private players:·      Bengaluru to Kochi - on normal days, Rs 1,000 but now it is Rs 2,750 and the price will remain till August 15·      Bengaluru to Hyderabad – Rs 2,700. On other days it is Rs 890.·      Bengaluru to Chennai – Rs 1,700 but on other days Rs 600·      Bengaluru to Vishakpattanam – Rs 3,000. But on normal days it is Rs 1,400. KSRTC bus rates Bengaluru to Chennai:For AC sleeper bus – Rs 788; on other days 649For Non-AC – Rs 534; on normal Days 441 Bengaluru to Hyderabad:For AC sleeper – Rs 1,197 , on other days Rs 998  For Non AC – Rs 1,371 while on other days it is Rs 811