School and college students to get free MTC bus pass
The Metropolitan Transport Corporation is under full swing distribution to give out free bus passes for students in colleges and schools in Chennai city in and around. There were recent reports that academic year is almost half on its way and MTC is still awaited to start up with bus pass distribution.
At present about 1.5 lakh students is said to have grabbed their bus passes stated in MTC data. Soon, the remaining students count to about 1.6 lakh which will also receive their bus passes, official promise.
To the complaints on the delay in bus pass distribution crossing half of academic year, MTC blamed delay at smart card printing rather than paper based passes which had been in conventional use. From 4th week of December, distribution works is said to have started after tenders to print up them were floated.
Government school and college students travel for free MTC buses.
Private school and college students – 50% concession towards travel charges in MTC buses. A sum of Rs 766 crore is said to have allotted for financial year 2018 to 19 to benefit over 27 lakh students. There is additional funding given for replacing conventional paper based bus passes with smart cards.