With the launch of its travel-anywhere ticket on Saturday,the city bus service provider VITCOS Transportation Pvt Ltd has also reinforced its checking squad to keep those seeking free rides at bay.
From the day the ticket was launched,we have doubled the number of members in our checking squads to 12 to deter free travelling, said Mahendrasinh Rana,the manager of VITCOS in Vadodara.
In the first two days,we detected three cases in which tickets were found torn or mobile number of passenger was written wrong, Rana said. It is mandatory to produce an I-card or mobile number to buy the Rs 25 special ticket,which is valid from 6 am to 10 pm.
The company had launched the ticket on Saturday in an attempt to win back the commuters who had abandoned its services after a fare hike at the beginning of this month.
VITCOS had raised the fares by Rs 1 on April 1 after CNG prices went up. The company had revised the minimum fare to Rs 5 while the costliest ticket was fixed at Rs 13 for Station-Jambua route.
After the price hike,the number of commuters using its services went down significantly,company officials admitted. As a solution,we have come up with the idea of travel-anywhere-for-any-number-of-time ticket to woo salesman and those who have to travel long distances to offices and workplaces everyday, VITCOS director Haresh Dodiya said.
Presently,the company operates 75 buses on 30 routes covering around 22,000 kilometres a day. On an average,around 70,000 passengers use the service daily and 60 per cent of them travel on concessional passes.