The hike, definitely took many passengers by surprise.
BMTC managing director Anjum Parvez said that the hike was necessary to offset the losses of about Rs 280 crore. "With the hike we hope to recover about 235 crore," he said.
Officials said that they were waiting for the polls in Karnataka to end before announcing the hike. The last hike in the bus fares was in October 2013.
Costs of the bus passes have also been hiked. A daily pass with identity will now cost Rs 65 and one without identity will cost Rs 70. Minimum fares in non AC buses have been incresed to Rs 6. The revised fares for the monthly passes will come into effect from May 1.