BENGALURU: In a move that could affect over three lakh students across the city, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation on Thursday increased the rates of their concessional passes. According to BMTC, the cost for a new smartcard has been increased from Rs 600 to Rs 700 for high school girls, from Rs 800 to Rs 900 for high school boys, from Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,250 for PU students, from Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,460 for college students, from Rs 1,350 to Rs 1,600 for professional college students, from Rs 1,880 to Rs 2,120 for technical students and from Rs 1,680 to Rs 1,880 for evening PhD students.The renewal fee for old smartcards for high school girls had been increased from Rs 570 to Rs 670, for high school boys from Rs 770 to Rs 870, for PU students from Rs 1,070 to Rs 1,220, for college students from Rs 1,270 to Rs 1,430, for professional college students from Rs 1,320 to Rs 1,570, for technical students from Rs 1,850 to Rs 2,090, and for evening PhD students from Rs 1,650 to Rs 1,850. Bus passes are free for SC/ ST students, who need to pay only the processing fee of Rs 200 for new cards and Rs170 for renewal of existing ones. BMTC officials said students can apply for passes on www.mybmtc.com. BMTC has opened 92 pass counters at 26 traffic transit management centres and bus stations.
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