Srinagar: Kashmir University has again hiked bus fare on all routes. The hike has left students unhappy, as the rates were revised only last month.
On the Campus-Baramulla route, the fare has been raised to Rs 2400 a month. The hike comes a month after fare on the same route was raised to Rs 1850 from Rs 1400. The Campus-Sopora ride will cost Rs 2400, according to the rate revision.
Similarly, the Campus-Tangmarg route fare has been hiked to 2000 and the Campus-Ganderbal fare to Rs 1100. Similarly, the Campus-Bemina service will cost the students Rs 1400, while a ride to Chadoora in the University service will now cost Rs 1600. On Campus-Nowgam and Campus-Hyderpora route, new fare per month has been fixed at Rs 1500.
The fare, however, does not cost more than the public transport where a passenger pays Rs 120 per day (Rs 3000 per month for 25 days of travel) to travel between Baramulla and Kashmir University Campus.
But the students find the fare unjustified. “We are already paying hefty amount for our masters courses,” said a student, Umair Parveen. “We feel awkward for asking more money from our parents. University Authorities should think about it.”
“The fare has been almost doubled in one month,” said another student, Mehvish. “Travelling by public transport is not an option, it is very hectic. We have no choice.”
Students say they met the vice-chancellor some days back where they “got a cold response”. A student said, “Tuition fee is touching the sky, and has put the future of students at stake, and now the hike in bus fare. It is a disappointment.”
Public Relations Officer to VC Kashmir University, Faheem Aslam, said that he was not aware of the details. “I will confirm, then will be able to say anything.”