Delhi government has significantly slashed DTC bus fares by fixing Rs 5 for non-AC and Rs 10 for AC buses and Rs 20 for daily bus pass for any distance. The new rates will valid for January.
This is after the Arvind Kejriwal government said it was considering reducing fares of DTC and cluster buses (orange) by over 50 per cent to promote use of public transport and discourage people from using personal vehicles to bring down pollution.
The government’s move has come just a few days after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had asked the AAP dispensation to work out the modalities of reducing fares of both AC and non-AC buses to promote use of public transport in the city.
Last week, the Lt Governor had directed the transport department to reduce bus fares across different slabs for the next two months keeping the winter season in mind.
Normally, winter months witness a spurt in pollution.
In Paris, after a spike in pollution, the authorities had recently made public transport free of cost to encourage people to shun private cars, the senior official said, adding, the Delhi government drew inspiration from the move.