Ahead of Deepavali, private bus operators hike fares
Private bus operators are cashing in on the festival season as fares on various routes have increased by at least ₹300 per ticket.
As the Navaratri weekend comes to a close and Deepavali inches closer, bus operators from the Omni Bus Stand in Madurai say the rates on online platforms will reach a base price of ₹1,300 to Chennai and Bengaluru for an airconditioned sleeper berth. This is normally priced between ₹700 and ₹800. A non-AC sleeper bus ticket will cost between ₹600 and ₹1,000. On other days, it is only ₹400.
S. Rajkiran, a student heading to Bengaluru on Sunday, said, “They are taking full advantage of the fact that people would be travelling to meet family and friends and are irrationally hiking rates.”