Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announces free bus and metro rides for women

Women in Delhi will soon be able to travel free on public transport, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Monday.

The move, which is yet to be cleared by the union government, will be launched in three months. Kejriwal said that this would cost the Delhi government INR₹ 700 crore this year.

The Delhi Metro is partly run by the central government. But the state government would bear the cost of free rides for women on the Delhi Metro and public buses.

While making the announcement Kejriwal said , “Those who want to buy tickets are free to do so, they need not take the subsidy. Several women can afford these modes of transport. Those who can afford it, can buy tickets and forgo subsidy so others could benefit.”

Since Delhi does not share the liberty of a full statehood, the proposal requires the approval of the BJP led central government.

“Delhi is the only government that is honest and is spending your money on facilities and is still running on profit. Right now our concern is the safety of women. There are questions regarding the metro, but we will let you know how the proposal evolves at every step,” Kejriwal added.

He also said that  his government was in touch with the city’s power regulator to bring down the fixed charge component of electricity bills.

The Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was making these announcements after his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was wiped out in all seven Lok Sabha seats in the recent national election.

Kejriwal’s AAP, which has been ruling Delhi since 2015, after securing 67 of the 70 seater legislative assembly.

Source : Various