Elderly people need not have to carry cash while traveling on the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (ST) buses. MSRTC has started Smart Card facility for the passengers aged over 65 years under which they not only get a concession of 50 percent on the bus fare but can also pay their fare. Through this card, they can also purchase other goods. However, people in Nagpur are facing problem in availing benefit of this initiative mainly because of the technical glitches. On many occasions, the server of MSRTC develops snag and people have to wait for a long to get their smart card. In such cases, applicants also have to make several rounds of the MSRTC office to make smart cards.
Under this initiative launched by the transport department from July 1, senior citizens over 60 years of age can get this card from ST bus terminus by paying 50 rupees. Top ups can also be made as per the requirement. To make the scheme more attractive, MSRTC has also provided cashback offer on using the smart card.
The MSRTC has also appointed agents to make the smart card who charge Rs 100. However, some agents are offering home delivery facility as well. To make a smart card the applicant has to give the copy of the Aadhar card and the registered mobile number. After filing the form the applicant would receive an OTP number on his/her registered mobile mobile.
The card would be prepared only after verifying this OTP number. These smart cards are useful in the Red Bus, Shivshahi and Hirkani buses of MSRTC. The discounted smart card will be issued for a year. After its expiry, the beneficiary would have to renew the card. The 50 per cent concession on fare would be applicable till 4000-km after that full fare would be charged.
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