Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced free rides for women in public transport, including buses and metro trains, in Delhi.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) president and Delhi CM said that he hoped for the scheme to be implemented in three months.
The scheme is expected to cast Rs 700 crores to the Delhi government, which will “bear the expenses” of the project, CM Kejriwal said.
He added that the Delhi government was not required to take permission from the Centre to implement the scheme which was yet to get clearance from the requisite authorities.
The Delhi Chief Minister said that they would encourage women who can afford the tickets to not avail the subsidy so that others can benefit.
“On all DTC buses, cluster buses and metro trains women will be allowed to travel free of cost so that they have safe travel experience and can access modes of transport which they were not able to, due to high prices,” Kejriwal said while briefing the media.
“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¬ take subsidy so that others could benefit,” said Kejriwal.
This measure by the Delhi government has got huge appreciation.