Hyderabad: Faced with problems of small change, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has rationalised the bus fares for city buses rounding them up in multiples of Rs 5. The same move would also be implemented for the local services in Warangal.
Accordingly, the minimum fare in city ordinary buses has been fixed at Rs 5 cutting it down from the present Rs 7 while for the metro express buses, the minimum fare has been revised from the present Rs 8 to Rs 10. For children, the fares in the ordinary bus range between Rs 5 and Rs 15 based on distance traveled and in metro express and metro deluxe, it would be between Rs 10 and Rs 15.
The rationalisation of bus fares was taken up due to the problems faced both by the passengers and conductors as the existing fares were fixed as Rs 7, 9, 11 and up to Rs 32 for different stages. There were instances, when passengers and conductors entered into arguments over tendering of change on the tickets.
The RTC authorities had been receiving complaints from passengers about the problem.
TSRTC officials said the move would make things convenient for both passengers and bus conductors. “We expect the seat occupancy to increase considerably due to fare revision. All those travelling in autos will now shift to city buses,” said A Purushotham Naik, Executive Director, TSRTC Greater Hyderabad zone.