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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Come December 1, passengers availing ‘Mo Bus’ service by Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) will have to pay much lower fares for their journeys.

CRUT has decided to reduce fares of its AC buses up to 38% for next two months in view of the winter. The minimum AC bus fare has been reduced to Rs 5 for first two kms from Rs 8. Similarly, the maximum fare of AC bus service will now be Rs 70 against Rs 100.

CRUT General Manager Dipti Mahapatro informed over 91 % passengers of Mo Bus service will benefit from the rationalisation of the fares of in both AC and non-AC categories.

“There were constant requests to reduce AC bus fares and we have come up with this promotional winter offer. Tickets are now priced in multiples of Rs 5 to make it convenient for passengers,” said Mahapatro.

Mohapatro informed that for nearly 41 % passengers, the fares will come down after the rationalisation process. The fares will be same for 51 % passengers while the fare will go up marginally by Re 1 to Rs 2 for 9 % passengers.

At present, AC bus fares are 60%-140% higher than that of non-AC buses. With revision of the rates, the difference between AC and non-AC bus fares will come down to 30%.

Besides, the cost of monthly passes has also been revised. A passenger will now have to pay Rs 550 instead of Rs 600 for the monthly Bhubaneswar non-AC pass and Rs 750 instead of Rs 900 for AC pass. Similarly, Magic Pass for non-AC and AC will now cost Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,500 instead of Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,800, respectively.

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