Every fourth passenger travels without a ticket in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses.
While some buy under-valued tickets most prefer travelling free, causing huge losses to the cash-starved corporation. More than 25 lakh people travel by DTC buses every day.
“Out of six passengers boarding the bus from one stop, only two buy tickets. Believing that two of them hold a bus pass (season’s ticket) the remaining two travel without tickets,” a senior DTC official said.
To check “ticketless travelling”, DTC has decided to launch a special checking drive from November 22. Senior DTC officials said they will focus on areas, where the DTC’s earning per kilometre was less than Rs 20.
“We have formed 10 enforcement teams of 20 officers each, which will check tickets in as many buses as possible. This sustained drive will continue for at least 15 days,” Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said.
Interestingly, while ticket-less travelling is more than 25%, DTC’s regular mobile ticket-checking staff penalise a very few. Officials said only 250-300 ticketless travellers are fined every day.
While ticketless travelling is common on all bus routes, the problem is grave on routes that touch the state borders like Anand Vihar ISBT, Badarpur, Nand Nagari, Aya Nagar, Gurgaon, Singhu Border and Dhansa Border. Officials said lot of people from other states come to Delhi for the first time and don’t have a clue how bus system operates in the Capital.