Metro, Buses may be free for Delhi Women Commuters
Delhi Government is planning to make bus and metro rides for women. The move comes just months before the Delhi Assembly Elections. The AAP government is a 50% equity partner in Delhi Metro along with the Centre and they are planning to make the rides free.Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot has met senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials and asked them to submit a proposal in this regard.
“The government is planning free travel for women in public transport and is going to bear the loss of revenue that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Transport Corporation and the cluster scheme buses would face due to this decision.”
The transport minister also asked the DMRC officials to inform the state government about the revenue repercussions the move would cause to DMRC.About 30 lakh passengers travel by Delhi Metro every day and, according to sources, the number of women commuters is slightly higher than 25%. “More commuters use buses in Delhi compared to the Metro but the percentage of women travellers in buses is not more than 20%,” said a DTC official. The total number of commuters in buses is estimated to be about 42 lakhs. The move will soon be launched keeping in mind the safety of women, and to empower them so that more women passengers travel in the metro and the buses. Nice move by the Delhi government!