The Delhi Government is going to give women in the capital a big deal. If the government succeeds in taking up its plan on the ground, women in Delhi will not have to pay any fare to travel through Metro and DTC buses. This scheme is being finalized by the Government of Delhi. The purpose of this step is to encourage women to use public transport and provide woman safety.
The Delhi Government will bear the expenditure on free travel of women in the metro and public buses. There is approximately 33 percent of women passengers in buses and metro. According to the estimates, about 200 crores of rupees per year will be spent on the government for buses. On the free travel of women in the metro, the expenditure of about one thousand crore rupees will come. However, this estimated amount is an approximation. Metro officials say that women are traveling more frequently in metro than buses. If the scheme applies, then it will be a different plan of its kind in Delhi.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said in a public meeting in New Delhi on Saturday that his government is talking to the electricity regulator of the city to reduce the ‘fixed charge’ in the electricity bill. The Chief Minister said that the government is considering exemption from rent to women in DTC buses and Delhi Metro so that they can be encouraged to use public transport in view of their safety.
A Delhi government official said that Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot has held meetings to discuss various aspects of exemption from fare to women in all public transport buses (DTC and DIMTS and Delhi Metro). However, the officials of the Transport Department mentioned that it would be a bit difficult to implement in Metro. Actually, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is a 50:50 non-financial partner of the Center and Delhi Government. The Chief Minister also claimed that without consultation with the Delhi Government, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had increased the ‘fixed charge’ of the electricity tariff last year.
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