After the launch of the Mahalakshmi scheme caused a spike in passenger traffic, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) announced the withdrawal of Family-24 and T-6 tickets, effective January 1, 2024. The decision was announced by TSRTC Managing Director VC Sajjanar, IPS, on Sunday, December 31. The Mahalakshmi scheme, which was introduced on December 9 by the Congress government, provides free transport for women, girls, and transgender persons in TSRTC buses within state borders.
According to Sajjanar, the decision comes as a response to the challenges faced by conductors in issuing Family-24 and T-6 tickets. “These tickets require conductors to verify passengers' identity cards and input their age. With the increased footfall due to the Mahalakshmi scheme, the process has led to delays in issuing the tickets, consequently impacting the overall journey duration,” he said.
The suspension of Family-24 and T-6 tickets is aimed at streamlining services, in order to alleviate inconvenience caused to passengers.
Family-24 ticket, priced at Rs 300, caters to a group of four members, enabling them to travel for 24 hours in City Ordinary and Metro Express on weekends and public holidays. The T-6 ticket, priced at Rs 50, is specifically designed for women and senior citizens, valid from 10 am to 4 pm within the sub-urban limits of Hyderabad.