Bengaluru (PTI): The ‘Shakti’ scheme, which offers free ride in non-luxury state-run buses for women across Karnataka on Monday cost the state exchequer Rs 8.84 crore, according to the transport department.
A sum of Rs 10.24 crore is the total expenditure under the scheme in two days. On Sunday, the day on which the scheme was launched the transport department incurred an expenditure of Rs 1.40 crore.
According to data shared by the department, on Monday Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation incurred an expenditure of Rs 3.58 crore, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, which operates city buses, Rs 1.75 crore, the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation Rs 2.11 crore and the Kalyana Karnataka Road Transport Corporation Rs 1.40 crore.
If one were to take into consideration the Monday figure, the annual expenditure on this scheme may touch between Rs 3,200 crore to Rs 3,400 crore, a transport officer told PTI.