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Students protest hike in bus-pass fare

BHOPAL: Students of Bhopal on Friday protested against the increased fare for the student bus-pass at the Board office square. They demanded that the government roll back the price to Rs 200, the same amount they used to pay until December 2018. The price was increased to Rs 300 in January 2019. The fare was further hiked to Rs 500 in late August, which has burnt holes in the students’ pockets. Asma Khan of MVM told TOI that the students had submitted a memorandum to urban development and housing minister Jaivardhan Singh. They told him that while the fare for Bhopal Municipal Corporation employees was still Rs 200, the students bus-pass price had been increased by Rs 300 within one year.

“It’s not just local students, many students from different cities and states, belonging to different financial backgrounds, come to Bhopal for higher education. They already have a number of expenses, from finding a hostel to arranging for food and this extra burden is causing difficulties to many students. It was not fair to increase the price of the student bus-pass by such a huge margin,” she added. After their meeting with Singh, the minister for urban development arranged for the students to meet BMC commissioner B Vijay Dutta. The students are planning to organize a bigger protest if the price of the bus-pass is not reduced.