Maharashtra: Ridership in ST buses up 400% after travel sans e-pass allowed | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: Latest statistics on Monday showed that ridership in MSRTC buses went up by 400% in the past 18 days, after the state allowed inter-district travel without an e-pass and Covid certificate. Revenue collection from daily ticket sales went up by 200%. The state bus corporation has not paid its employees’ salaries for two months.
Data showed that an average of 5 lakh passengers travelled in 23,000 trips across the state daily. Before inter-district travel was allowed, and ST buses operated only for essential staff and in ‘green zones’, daily ridership was around 1 lakh passengers.
“From August 20, when inter-district services began, to September 6, we have ferried over 88 lakh commuters,” said a senior official. So far, MSRTC has operated 4 lakh inter-district trips in the past 18 days. The official added that the buses were running packed per Covid norms.
This will help increase revenue at a time when the corporation is yet to pay staff salaries. “Revenue through daily ticket sales was Rs 50 lakh, and it has now gone up to Rs 1.5 crore,” said a spokesperson.



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