‘Daily pass should be priced at Rs. 25’

Members of the Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike took out a rally from Banappa Park to Anand Rao Circle on Tuesday. They were demanding rationalisation of the BMTC bus fares.

The vedike launched a 50-paise campaign demanding the BMTC bus fare to be radically restructured so that commuters pay Rs. 5 for the first 10 km of travel, Rs. 10 for travel between 10 and 20 km, and Rs. 15 for any distance above 20 km. The protesters also demanded that the daily pass should priced at Rs. 25 while the monthly pass be priced at Rs. 250.

Vinay Sreenivasa, vedike co-ordinator, said affordable transport must be considered the basic right and the government should treat public transport as not a profit-making venture.

“The government has fixed the monthly minimum wages for a garment worker at Rs 5,400. And the BMTC’s monthly pass costs Rs. 925, thus resulting in transport expenses close to 18 per cent of the wages. What we are calling for is a radical restructuring of the bus fare,” he said.

The vedike launched a signature campaign in support of the proposal. Later, it will be submitted to the Chief Minister.

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