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Arvind Kejriwal government makes travel in Delhi metro, DTC and cluster buses free for women
In a contentious move, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that his government has decided to make the commute for women in public transport buses and Metro trains free.
Kejriwal said that the decision was taken considering “women’s security”
While the government has ambitious plans for implementation, many questioned the success of the scheme as both the Centre and the city government have 50% equity each in the Delhi Metro.
In faith: CNN-News18’s Rupashree Nanda interviewed Delhi transport minister, Kailash Gahlot, about the feasibility of such a scheme. Interestingly, Gahlot termed the planned zero-fare ride as a subsidy, and said that the Centre has the final say only in cases pertaining to fare.
Gahlot also said that augmentation of DTC buses and the cluster buses is happening at a very rapid pace, and relayed confidence that the increased numbers will support the scheme.
Counterpoint: Meanwhile, BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari hit out at the scheme terming it as a “desperate bid to buy votes”. Tiwari said that Kejriwal’s decision is coming in light of the defeat his party faced in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls.
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Arvind Kejriwal announced free metro and bus rides for women commuters, in a bid to make public transport safer for them. Delhi residents, however, remained divided over the move. Here's what they said.
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