Due to the recent increase in gasoline prices, the Sindh government has decided to raise the fares for its popular Peoples Bus Service.
After inspecting continuing construction on the Red Line route of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Karachi on Saturday, Sindh Information and Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon made this announcement to the media.
In a statement to the media, Memon claimed that the Sindh government was left with no choice but to raise the prices for the Peoples Bus Service. “It’s practically impossible to sustain the operational cost due to inflation in the country and the increase in diesel price,” he continued.
The transport minister continued by saying that fares would be raised gradually while taking into account the difficulties faced by the average person.
It is important to note that the Peoples Bus Service project now operates three different bus types: red buses for all passengers, pink buses for women only, and white electric buses.
Except for the bus service from Merewether Tower to Gulshan-e-Hadeed, which charges a maximum fee of Rs100 due to the lengthier route, these buses in Karachi charge a flat passenger fare of Rs50 for each ride.
In June of last year, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari introduced the bus service for the first time in Karachi.