1. DTC bus fares to come down by 75%: Delhi government sends file to LG for approval

DTC bus fares to come down by 75%: Delhi government sends file to LG for approval

The Delhi government has sent to Lt Governor Anil Baijal a file pertaining to reduction in fares of DTC and cluster buses by 75 per cent for approval.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 4, 2017 6:45 PM
"We have sent the file to Lt Governor for his approval. We hope that LG will give his nod in a day or two. Government is slashing fares to cut down the pollution level," Delhi Transport Minister Satyendra Jain said. (Express Photo) “We have sent the file to Lt Governor for his approval. We hope that LG will give his nod in a day or two. Government is slashing fares to cut down the pollution level,” Delhi Transport Minister Satyendra Jain said. (Express Photo)

The Delhi government has sent to Lt Governor Anil Baijal a file pertaining to reduction in fares of DTC and cluster buses by 75 per cent for approval. Last month, Baijal’s predecessor Najeeb Jung had suggested the AAP government to reduce fares of DTC and cluster buses for one month to encourage people to use public transport and shun use of private vehicles in a bid to bring down the rising air pollution in the national capital.

“We have sent the file to Lt Governor for his approval. We hope that LG will give his nod in a day or two. Government is slashing fares to cut down the pollution level,” Delhi Transport Minister Satyendra Jain said.

As per the proposal, there will be a flat fare of Rs 5 in all non-air-conditioned DTC and cluster buses and Rs 10 in all air-conditioned buses for a month. This is being done on a trial basis.

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At present, a ride in an AC bus can cost anywhere between Rs 10 to 25 while in non-AC buses Rs 5 to Rs 15.

According to sources, some officers had raised objections on the government’s proposal, saying the move may cause financial loss to the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

A senior government official said DTC is already incurring losses, and reduction in fares will not have a big impact on its financial condition.

The reduction in fares of DTC and cluster bus was scheduled to come into effect from January 1. However, it was delayed as the government had sought comments from various departments on the proposal.

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    Chander Pal
    Jan 4, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    If the budget is to be postponed then This self inflicted financial loss by delhi be kept in the fridge till march 13.
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      manoj
      Jan 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm
      I don't think people used to travelling by cars will shift to bus even if prices are brought down to zero. A bus can't provide the snob value that a car provides. Delhi people are too status conscious to take the bait.
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        R K
        Jan 5, 2017 at 10:33 am
        Would not yield great results unless and until the number of buses are also doubled in addition to increased frequency and punctuality to make travel comfortable
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