In the recently conducted Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP party couldn’t perform well and was wiped out in all the seven seats. Now Arvind Kejriwal has come up with another promise for the residents of Delhi. The Delhi Chief Minister has announced free travel for women in Delhi buses and Delhi metro just a week after the Lok Sabha election results were announced.
Women’s safety in public transport is one of the primary concerns for the citizens of Delhi. The infamous 2012 gang rape case that happened in Delhi sparked nationwide protests. Free travel experts also claimed that making public transport free might not solve the problem completely. Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said although Arvind Kejriwal has announced free travel for women but neither the central government nor the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has received any proposal in relation to this scheme.
Arvind Kejriwal said that women’s safety is our concern right now and that is one of the reasons why public transport in buses and Delhi metro is free for women. This move comes a few months before the assembly elections in Delhi.
Hardeep Singh Puri said “In order to make bus travel free, there should be enough buses in order to cater to the passengers. He further said that Arvind Kejriwal has a Rs. 50,000 crore budget but is not been spent on Ayushman Bharat, sanitation etc but he wants to give Rs. 1200 Crore or 2,000 crore subsidy.
Women in Delhi still need to wait and see if the announcement is implemented as the proposal us yet to be approved by the federal government. Kailash Gahlot, the transport minister of Delhi has held a meeting with senior officials of the DMRC and asked them to submit a proposal on how they can facilitate free public transport and how much it would cost.
This move which is yet to be approved by requisite authorities will cost the Delhi government around Rs. 700 Crores said Arvind Kejriwal.
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