Delhi government cuts down bus fares to battle pollution
Passengers will have to pay a maximum of Rs 10 for travelling in air-conditioned buses from now on
Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party government on Wednesday cut bus fares for January by a significant amount in a view to battle pollution. Passengers will have to pay a maximum of Rs 10 for travelling in air-conditioned buses from now on. Previously it was 25.
The maximum fare for travelling in non-air conditioned buses has been slashed from Rs 15 to Rs 5. It is estimated that Delhi government runs some 4500 buses around the city.
“The decision was taken to reduce the pollution level in Delhi which is at peak during winter,” Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said told media in New Delhi. “We decided to reduce fares to encourage the use of public transport," he added.
The Minister also hoped that this move would bring down the number of cars and private vehicles on the road. Since Diwali, the pollution in Delhi has enhanced to alarming levels making the Supreme Court direct the authorities to take necessary measures.