All you have to do is buy a Rs 13 pass and travel anywhere in the city on a DTC bus. This privilege, which most of the students in Delhi presently make use of, might just get a little pricey. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is planning to increase the rates of its student concession bus passes to Rs 100.
Raman Kumar, who graduated four years ago, recalls the fun days of travelling without paying anything — so to speak. “I would just take a pass for six months and that was it! My worries about not having money had nothing to do with the commuting. At least I could reach college. It was dirt cheap!” Many students on the DU campus who avail this facility feel that the proposed increase in rates is nominal, and definitely a much-needed one.
Kusha Duggal, a third year Ramjas College student who takes the Dhaula Kuan U-Special, says, “I am cool with the increase in prices. And anyway, with U-Specials, it is pretty okay as compared to rates of a normal blueline bus, which will drop you at the bus stop and after that you need to take a rickshaw to the college spending another 15 bucks. U-specials drop us in front of our college.”
Neeti Arora from Arts Faculty, too, is fine with the idea of ticket hike. She says, “Why should DTC run in losses? Maybe this way the services would improve and the buses could then also be maintained. What are Rs 100 really in these days? A burger at a fast food joint comes for more that that.”
However, some students are sceptical about this price hike as they are still dependent on pocket money from parents; an increase would mean cutting down on other expenses.
Nakul Singh, who is pursuing a Masters degree at North Campus and commutes using the Dhaula Kuan U-Special, says, “I get pocket money from my parents. So obviously if DTC increases the fares, it will affect my budget. I will have to cut down on my expenses as I don’t get much to spend.” Also for some, the possible hike may not make any difference as they have their own cars. Amit Kumar, a Hans Raj College student, says, “I don’t care. Not many come in DTC buses these days, what with the Metro coming in and many being able to afford cars.”