Facing criticism over revision in fares of all air-conditioned buses by up to 10 per cent, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on Wednesday withdrew revised fares within hours of its announcement. In afternoon, the DTC had issued a press statement stating that it has revised fares of AC buses by up to 10 per cent. However, in the evening, the DTC issued another statement, saying, “This press release sent (earlier) today regarding service tax on DTC AC buses be treated as withdrawn. As per the earlier decision, DTC had raised the minimum fare of AC buses from Rs 10 to Rs 11 and the maximum from Rs 25 to 27 for those travelling in the city.
Sources said Transport Minister Satyendar Jain was not happy with move and thereafter, DTC was asked to roll back fare hikes. Following hike in the fare revision, the Delhi BJP criticised the move demanding roll back of the same. “We demand immediate roll back of fare hikes done for DTC AC buses. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal failed to improve DTC services and bring 10k new buses,” Khemchand Sharma, Convener of Delhi BJP.
According to DTC’s earlier press release, passengers travelling up to 5 km in Noida region would have to shell out Rs 11 as against Rs 10 and maximum fare will now be Rs 53 for travelling beyond 20 km.