Mangaluru: Cashless super saver plan for city bus commuters

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 17: The city buses here have offered a weekly and monthly bus pass facility known as 'Chalo Super Saver Plan' to the commuters. The passes will enable passengers to undertake trips at a cost of about Rs 3.99. This was announced by Dakshina Kannada District Bus Owners Association president, Dilraj Alva.

Addressing a press meet at press club here on Friday October 16, Alva said that this card will be valid in all the city buses.

Alva explained that daily commuters pay ten rupees per trip while under Super Saver scheme, they can take 100 trips in 28 days for Rs 399. This works out to Rs 3.99 per trip, he pointed out. He also mentioned that on any specific day, these cards can be used for a maximum of four trips.

Those who buy card by paying Rs 20 can recharge it with any amount. If they buy Rs 50 Chalo card, they will get Rs 30 balance. On payment of Rs 100, card will get balance of Rs 80, Rs 210 if Rs 200 is paid, and Rs 550 if Rs 500 is remitted, he stated.

For being a member of the scheme, people have to furnish photocopies of Aadhar card or PAN card. The cards are available at Dakshina Kannada Bus Owners Association office in Milagres Building Hampankatta, Chalo office in the city tower building opposite State Bank building, at Sagar Tyres opposite Mandovi Motors on Balmatta road, and also from the bus conductors. Soon, Chalo app would be introduced, from where cards can be acquired. He said already about 4,000 Chalo cards have been sold and presently, 90 percent of city buses are functioning. He expressed the confidences that all the city buses will begin movement by the end of this month.

Alva said that separate bus pass system for students would be introduced and the same will be launched on November 14. These cards will be in two types, one for first standard to PUC and the other for degree classes, he stated.

Dakshina Kannada District Bus Owners Association treasurer Susheet Shetty, and Chalo company senior manager Santosh Deshpande, were present.





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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Kudos to Dilraj Alve for your superb idea of introducing this ' Cashless Super Saver Plan'. This should have been done long back as many commuters will benefit by this. Many other countries have this system as in New York it is called METRO CARD which is a swipe card and can be used for buses and trains.

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  • Sathish JM, Kumpala

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Very Good initiative. Hope those Chalo cards are transferable.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    This is win win situation - though we suffer from Pandemic but it has taught several lessons to the HUMANS ( if they are still holding that tags of human)

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    It is a very good initiative. How about having a regular cash card which can be used anytime... Like the Gulf countries. They issue a card which can be used on any route and regular ticket price gets deducted from the card. Once the amount is used up the cards can be recharged.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    What about people who travel occasionally?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Superb ...

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