The integrated transport service the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) launched in the tricity and other neighbouring areas recently has evoked a positive response.
The CTU on September 5 had introduced the integrated transport services covering Chandigarh, SAS Nagar, Panchkula, Mansa Devi, Mullanpur, Zirakpur and Saketri for which bus passes are issued to the general public and other categories on anytime-anywhere basis.
So far, the CTU has received requests for 1,900 bus passes, including 1,350 from the students.
Students can avail facility of pass studying in any recognised institute in the tricity region. Students' pass is issued at Rs 300 quarterly (Rs 100 per month) against the Rs 500 per month for general public.
E-sampark centres have been authorised to issue quarterly and half-yearly bus passes in the form of a plastic card. A person can travel on any local route, any number of times without any restriction.
Special concessional fares have been put in force not only for students of the recognised institutes/colleges of Chandigarh but for the entire tricity region for government employees. The facility is available irrespective of state government/corporation of Punjab, Haryana or UT. This facility has also been extended to those employees working on contractual or outsourced basis with the UT or state governments.