The proposal to provide free travel for women in DTC and cluster buses in Delhi will be brought by the Delhi government during the cabinet meeting at Delhi Secretariat today. The proposal is likely to be approved.
Earlier, on August 26, Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia presented a grant of Rs 290 crore in the Legislative Assembly during the monsoon session for the ‘free ride’ scheme for women in metro and DTC buses.
Out of Rs 290 crore, 140 crore was allocated for DTC and cluster buses and Rs 150 crore for Delhi metro. On Independence Day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that women will be able to avail free travel in DTC buses from October 29 and said the same facility in Delhi Metro would be available soon.
While some called the proposal unrealistic and accused Arvind Kejriwal of lying, others asked as to where will the Delhi Government get funds to implement the ambitious proposal. Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari had alleged the AAP’s proposal was a “desperate bid to buy votes” as there are not enough buses to accommodate the “one crore” women in Delhi.
“Around one crore women in the city will need 20,000 buses, but we have just 3,500-3,800. Where will they sit?,” Manoj Tiwari had asked the AAP Government.