Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): The Maharashtra Government has announced a 50 per cent concession to all women passengers on the state-run buses with effect from 17th March 2023. The same has been introduced on tickets for women on all types of buses run by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) from today.
"The benefit will be extended under the ‘Mahila Samman Yojana’ and the State government will reimburse the concession amount to the Corporation," said a statement issued by MSRTC.
"MSRTC has a fleet of over 15,000 buses and ferries over 50 lakh passengers every day. It now offers 33% to 1005 concessions on tickets to various social groups," said the statement.
There were long queues of women at several bus stops across various districts in the morning, said an official, adding that the 50% ticket fare will be reimbursed by the state government.
“We provide concessions to several citizens - from 33% to 100%,” said a senior official. He said that senior citizens above 75 years were able to travel free of cost in any bus across state. Those between 65 and 75 years got a 50% concession in tickets, he added.
While presenting the State’s budget for 2023-24 on 9th March 2023, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced 50% concession to all women passengers on the state-run buses of the public transport body.
To increase its fleet size, MSRTC has recently floated tender for selection of Agencies for Supply, Operation and Maintenance of 5,150 Electric Buses and allied Electrical and Civil Infrastructure on Gross Cost Contract Basis.