The Delhi government has declared that senior citizens of all income groups will now be eligible for concessional passes in DTC buses. Till now, senior citizens with an annual income of Rs 75,000 or less were eligible for these passes.
Making the announcement on Friday, Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh said senior citizens can get a non-AC bus pass for Rs 50 per month. Passes for travel in AC buses are issued for Rs 150 a month. More than 4.5 lakh such passes are issued annually to senior citizens, Singh said.
“The visually-impaired will also be able to travel in air-conditioned buses with their concessional passes in Delhi and NCR,” Singh said.
Concessional passes for the visually impaired were accepted only in non-AC buses, so far.
According to DTC officials, 12,900 concessional passes are issued annually to the visually-challenged.
Announcing DTC’s plans to provide improved service to Delhi residents, Singh said they were going to launch a passenger information system (PIS).
The facility is already available on the BRT corridor and is now being expanded in other parts of the Capital. Singh said DTC conductors will soon be given electronic ticketing machines, which will help in better management of revenue operations.
Talking about improvement in bus maintenance and services, Singh said the department has already installed global positioning system (GPS) devices in 3,700 buses, which is helping them closely monitor the speed of buses.
“It has helped bring down the number of fatal accidents drastically,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, Singh said DTC had penalised 947 drivers and 723 conductors for not reporting in uniform and 300 others for improper parking.