Maharashtra: Women To Get 50% Concession On State-Run MSRTC Buses
MSRTC has a fleet of over 15,000 buses and ferries over 50 lakh passengers every day.
Women passengers will get a 50% concession on tickets on all types of buses run by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation starting March 17, the state-owned transporter has announced.
The benefit will be extended under the "Mahila Samman Yojana" and the state government will reimburse the concession amount to the corporation, said a press release by MSRTC on Friday morning.
While presenting the state’s budget for 2023–24 on March 9, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the finance portfolio, announced a 50% concession to all female passengers on the buses of the public transport body.
MSRTC has a fleet of over 15,000 buses and ferries over 50 lakh passengers every day. It now offers 33% to 100% concessions on tickets to various social groups, according to the release.
MSRTC officials said it would be difficult to determine how many women will benefit from the scheme as they were not issuing gender-linked tickets earlier. MSRTC expects the population of female passengers to be in the range of 35–40% of its total bus users, they said.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, the Maharashtra government had announced a 100% concession to senior citizens over 75 years of age and a 50% concession to travelers aged between 65 and 74 years on all types of MSRTC buses.