SC Grills Delhi Govt For Offering Free Metro Rides To Women
The Delhi government's ambitious proposal to make metro travel free for women has received sharp criticism from the Supreme Court on September 6 which questioned it for giving "freebies" and "sops" saying it might lead the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to losses.
The apex court said that the Delhi government should refrain from giving freebies from public money and warned that it would stop them from doing so as courts are not "powerless". However, the court had accepted the submissions of the Delhi government and directed that the land cost for the phase-IV project would be borne by the Centre and the Delhi government equally, in 50:50 ratio.
Delhi Women To Get Free Bus Rides From October 2019-End
In a bid to ease commuting woes for women in the national capital, the Delhi cabinet on August 29, 2019, gave an 'in principle' approval to a free bus ride scheme for the fairer sex. The cabinet has, however, announced that women employees of the city government, local bodies and undertakings have to give up their transport allowance, to avail of the facility. The free-ride scheme is slated to begin from October 29, 2019.
The Delhi assembly recently approved a supplementary grant of Rs 140 crores, to facilitate free rides for women in buses for the current financial year. The free-ride facility will be available in Noida NCR service, airport and other special services operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster schemes.
For availing of the facility, women commuters have to get single-journey passes from the bus conductor. Those not willing to avail of free ride may buy tickets. Official data show around 5,500 buses operated by the DTC and the Cluster scheme of the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) carry over 45 lakh passengers every day.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also announced free rides for women in the Delhi Metro. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has sought time to implement that scheme. The Delhi Assembly has also approved a grant of Rs 150 crore for implementation of schemes in Metro trains.
With inputs from Housing.com News