Come January 1 the good news for students up the age of 21 years is that they can travel free on DTC buses. Besides, the Delhi Government has decided to slash fares of DTC and cluster buses by whopping 75 per cent.
The Cabinet formal go ahead is awaited over the decision, according to Delhi Transport Minister Satyendar Jain. Government is also planning to reduce the rate of monthly bus pass from Rs 800 to Rs 250 for non-AC buses and from Rs 1,000 to Rs 250 for AC buses.
“We are also planning to provide free travel to students of age up to 21 years so that they could be encouraged to use public transport. In order to address the situation (rising air pollution), it is imperative that lesser private vehicles are driven and more public transport is utilised. To achieve this end, the Government has decided to reduce DTC and Cluster bus fares for one month,” Jain added.
The Transport department has been directed to submit a draft note by tomorrow on the Government’s move that will be put up in the Cabinet meeting.
The Minister said there will be a flat fare of Rs 5 in non-AC DTC and cluster buses while Rs 10 will be in air-conditioned buses for one month on a trial basis, reported PTI.
Currently, a ride in AC bus can cost anywhere between Rs 10 to 25 while the same in non-AC buses are from Rs 5 to Rs 15. “By slashing fares drastically, people can be encouraged to use public transport extensively. I hope that with this decision, bike users will move towards public transport. Car users is also expected to do the same,” the Transport Minister also said.