Chennai

Senior citizens can travel free on MTC buses

While the free passes for the elderly is a welcome move, much needs to be done to improve the access and usability of public transport facilities. — Photo:B. Jothi Ramalingam

While the free passes for the elderly is a welcome move, much needs to be done to improve the access and usability of public transport facilities. — Photo:B. Jothi Ramalingam

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, on Thursday, announced that senior citizens over the age of sixty could travel for free in non-air conditioned government buses in Chennai from February 24.

Making a statement under rule 110 in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Ms. Jayalalithaa said through the implementation of this scheme, the AIADMK government had fulfilled all the promises the party made in the 2011 election manifesto.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said the scheme would be implemented on a pilot basis in Chennai and would be expanded after studying the response.

Those over sixty years could apply for ID cards and tokens at designated bus depots.

Information on such designated depots would be listed on the Transport Department website as also the forms to apply for the benefit. There would be no deadline for applications and commuters could avail the tokens for the free ride whenever necessary. A total of ten tokens would be issued every month to an individual. The commuter can give these tokens to the bus conductor and travel free.


Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jul 6, 2022 1:48:21 pm | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/senior-citizens-can-travel-free-on-mtc-buses/article8256069.ece