New Delhi: Starting today i.e October 29, women in Delhi will get free rides in public buses as the AAP government is set to fulfil its promise, months ahead of the assembly polls in the national capital. As the scheme rolled out, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the scheme might be extended to senior citizens too. Also Read - 'We Are Grateful', Says Arvind Kejriwal After Centre Increases Delhi's Oxygen Quota
Not just senior citizens, students also might be able to avail the free service in the coming days, Kejriwal said on the AK app, which was launched by him recently. Also Read - Delhi's Gangaram Hospital Left With Just 8 Hours of Oxygen Supply, Kejriwal Says Serious Crisis Persists
“Every step cannot be completed at once. We will definitely do it. Let us start with women and see the results, and based on the result we will definitely deliberate on making these rides free for senior citizens and students too in the future,” he said. Also Read - Kejriwal Goes Into Self Isolation After Wife Sunita Kejriwal Tests COVID Positive
”India will grow only when the women of the country grow. Giving free rides to women in buses can prove to be a very big step towards women empowerment, the chief minister said.
Female passengers who opted for free travel on DTC and cluster buses were issued pink tickets of face value of Rs 10 by conductors under the scheme. The government will reimburse transporters based on the number of such tickets issued.
On Monday night, the government had issued a notification implementing the free-ride scheme from Tuesday. To further ensure women safety, Kejriwal also announced the deployment of 13,000 marshals in DTC buses and appealed to them to protect the women with all sincerity.
The development comes after Arvind Kejriwal in his Independence Day speech had said free-ride for women in both DTC and cluster buses will start from October 29, which is ‘Bhai Dooj’.
There are around 3,700 DTC buses and 1,800 buses under the cluster scheme of the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS).
Ahead of the Assembly elections, which are scheduled to take place next year, the Delhi CM has been announcing a slew of measures to woo the voters.