- "But quite soon it became clear that ... the Undertaking could not escape from its [precarious financial] condition without a substantial fare increase. My predecessor, and his predecessor, had reached this conclusion much earlier. ... So I sought support for a rise from [a State Minister]. He agreed that fares would have to rise, but advised me to wait till after the general election, a full nine months away. ... [I] thought it was unethical to win an election on a pretence that low bus fares would continue, and then to raise them after the polls.
Yet only three months before the election a stormy meeting of the [Municipal] Corporation did approve a fare rise. That was on the 24th October 1966. New fare tables had now to be prepared and distributed to the bus conductors. I fixed the 2nd of November as the day for the introduction of the new fares. On the 1st of November, at [a prominent and respected politician's] instance, one of the courts issued an interim injunction against the change. [He] was a prominent member of the XYZ Party, which saw in the move a chance of winning votes in Bombay."
To anyone who is still interested, I had something broadly similar in Fast growth. Sorry for not answering that question so far, but I promise to answer both together in a post very soon.