Women can travel free in DTC buses, Delhi Metro: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Women in the national capital can travel free in state-run DTC buses as well as Delhi Metro, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Monday.

“On all DTC buses, cluster buses and metro trains women will be allowed to travel free of cost so that they have a safe travel experience and can access modes of transport which they were not able to, due to high prices,” he said.

“Subsidy won’t be imposed on anyone. There are several women who can afford these modes of transport. Those who can afford, can purchase tickets, they needn’t take subsidy. We encourage those, who can afford, to buy tickets & not take subsidy so that others could benefit,” Kejriwal added.

The departments concerned have been asked to submit a report on ridership within a week, he told the media here.

“I have given one-week time to officials to make a detailed proposal – for both DTC & metro – on how and when can this be implemented. We are making an effort to start this within 2-3 months. We are also seeking suggestions from people, regarding the implementation,” said the CM.

Kejriwal further stated that his government will bear the fare. “Initially we had told Centre not to increase prices of tickets, but they didn’t agree. We told them we have 50-50 partnership, let’s give 50-50 subsidy on raised prices, still they didn’t agree. Delhi govt will bear the fare of what we’re going to do. We needn’t take approval for this.”

[With Agency Inputs]