BHUBANESWAR: City Bus fares will be slashed substantially, offering passengers relief to the tune of 10 per cent, from Tuesday.
The base fare for a ride, which was `7 for first three kms, has been reduced by two rupees for the first two kms and an additional one rupee for the third km.
Smart card holders, who enjoyed 10 per cent discount on fares, will continue to avail the exemption on the revised fares, DTS Chairman Nishikant Mishra announced here on Monday.
A special package fare has been introduced for long routes from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar and Puri. While the ride from Badambadi to Master Canteen in the Capital will cost `25, passengers have to pay `40 for travelling from Master Canteen to Puri.
The reduction of fares comes in the wake of the cut in diesel prices by oil companies during mid-January.
“Short distance travellers, who comprise around 70 per cent of city passengers, will be significantly benefited by the fare revision,” Mishra said.
The passenger traffic handled by city bus service daily is around 42,000, a majority of which travels a distance between one and 12 kms, sources said.