No hike in fares of govt town buses: TN transport minister | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu transport minister R S Rajakannappan on Tuesday clarified that there was no uniform hike in government bus fares.
Action has been initiated against the bus conductor in Tiruvallur, who issued a higher-priced ticket to passengers by mistake. Strict action will be taken against employees who collect higher fares from passengers, the minister told reporters.
“It is not fair to say that fares have been raised in all 20,000 buses just because mistakes have happened at a few locations,” he said, responding to allegations by AIADMK leader O Pannerselvam about the alleged fare hike.
TOI on Monday had reported how town buses in Chennai’s suburbs, which allow free travel for women, have silently increased the minimum bus fare from 5 to 10 to cover up for the expenses incurred. This attracted responses from various political parties including OPS.
Rajakannapan said that the state government has sanctioned 1,200 crore to transport corporations in order to meet expenses incurred in allowing women to travel for free and over 6.5 crore women have travelled in government buses in the last 22 days. Around 60% of passengers in town buses these days are women.
Answering questions on Covid-19 protocols, he informed that 93% of the total 1.22 lakh employees of the state transport department have already got their jabs and that vehicles were disinfected regularly.


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