The State Transport Authority, Chandigarh administration, has increased fares for buses plying in the tricity- Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula- which will be implemented from September 5.
According to the new fare structure, any person can avail the pass benefit for the Chandigarh bus service for the tricity. There is no bar on place of residence. Earlier, passes were issued to Chandigarh residents only.
Earlier, the practice was that the bus pass system operated only for Chandigarh and as soon as a bus crossed the Chandigarh boundary towards Haryana or Punjab, extra fare was charged from passengers and on the basis of these tickets, passenger tax was paid to Haryana and Punjab.
It has now been decided that the tricity needs to have an integrated public transport system and the states of Haryana and Punjab have been requested to exempt passenger tax on CTU (Chandigarh Transport Undertaking) buses running in the tricity on reciprocal basis, or at least charge a lump sum.
Earlier, student passes was granted for Rs 60 per month only for the Chandigarh area. Now student passes will be issued at Rs 300 quarterly for the tricity region.
Employees of the UT administration were being allowed monthly bus passes against the payment of Rs 30. Now, all government employees of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh who are based within the tricity region can avail this facility against the payment of Rs 250 per month.
As per the existing policy, only monthly passes were being issued. Now, monthly, quarterly and half-yearly passes will be issued to students and general public in the form of plastic cards through e-Sampark Centres against nominal charges.
Based on this experiment, yearly passes may also be introduced in the near future.