Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will increase its monthly pass rates by Rs. 30 from July.

Its proposal for an 18-per cent fare hike on account of steep increase in the cost of inputs and wage revision is yet to get the Government’s nod. The recent diesel price hike and the wage revision have brought an additional burden of Rs. 145 crore on the corporation, said BMTC while making an appeal for fare revision.

Monthly pass for city services will cost Rs. 420, suburban services Rs. 565 and Pushpak services Rs. 600. Besides, BMTC has introduced three new categories of monthly passes — Suburban-cum-Trumpet Pass (Rs. 700), Special Suvarna Pass (Rs. 1,200) and Vayu Vajra Gold Pass (Rs. 2,250).

Suburban-cum-Trumpet pass holders can travel in all ordinary services and Trumpet service operated between Trumpet Terminal and Bangalore International Airport; Suvarna pass-holders can travel in all non-air conditioned services, including BIAL Suvarna services, and Vayu Vajra pass-holders can travel in all air-conditioned and non-air conditioned services. These new categories of passes will be available at Kempe Gowda Bus Station only.

BMTC justified the hike in pass rates saying that the increase was only Re. 1 per day. Moreover, the new rates, which work out to Rs. 14 for city, Rs. 19 for suburban and Rs. 20 for Pushpak services, are cheaper than the Rs. 30 day passes, BMTC said.

BMTC has increased the round-the-clock insurance coverage in case of accidental death of pass-holders from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh. Also, the medical reimbursement for inpatient treatment has been increased from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000.