Delhi Women To Get Free DTC Bus Rides Starting Today

Women in Delhi will get free rides on public buses Tuesday onwards as the AAP government is all set to fulfil its promise of free of cost travel scheme. As per the plan, conductors will distribute pink tickets having face value of ₹10 each to women passengers for free-travel. The government will then reimburse the transporters based on the number of such tickets issued. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the scheme ensures the safety of women and increases their role in the national capital’s economy.

There are around 3,700 DTC buses and 1,800 buses under the cluster scheme of the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), and according to Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, 30 per cent of travelers in these buses are women. Tweeting the notification of implementing the free-ride scheme, he said, “Historic day for Delhi!!! Females will travel free in all Buses from 29.10.19. Notification has been issued. Delhi Govt under dynamic leadership of Honble Cm @ArvindKejriwal stands committed to ensure safety and security of Female passengers in Buses”. The facility will also be available in Noida-NCR service, airport and other special services operated by the DTC and cluster scheme operators.

Earlier, during his Independence Day speech, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said free-ride for women in both DTC and cluster buses will be started from October 29, which is ‘Bhai Dooj’. On August 29, the Delhi cabinet had given in-principle approval to the scheme of providing free bus rides to women, but put a rider on female employees of the city government that they have to give up their transport allowance to avail the facility. According to the government, women employees of the Delhi government, local bodies and undertakings will not be entitled for transport allowance if they opt for free ride in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses.

The free ride scheme was to be incorporated in Delhi Metro as well, but DMRC is seeking time to implement it for real. The Delhi Assembly has also approved a grant of ₹150 crore for implementation of the scheme in metro. After the scheme was announced in June by Kejriwal, opposition parties and common people backlashed the move calling it ‘unjustified’ and called it ‘a step towards gender inequality’.

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