Delhi: Free rides for women in DTC, cluster buses from today

New Delhi: Free travel for women in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and cluster buses, has come into effect from Tuesday.

The government has released notifications to make travel free for women in all DTC and cluster buses on the basis of issuance of “Single Journey Free Travel Pass” by bus conductors.

Women hailed the Delhi Government’s decision to make bus rides free for them in the national capital. Shweta, a resident of Delhi said: “This is a good step. Now, the women who could not afford a ticket will be able to travel for free.”

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“This is good for us but a loss for the government. It will be good if we get the buses on time,” another resident Shanti said.

On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that over 13,000 marshals have been appointed to ensure the safety of women in the buses plying in the national capital.

Kejriwal in June this year had announced free rides for women in DTC, cluster scheme buses and Delhi Metro. The free ride scheme for the Metro may take a longer time because of the technicalities involved.

A budget of Rs 290 crore was later sanctioned for the free ride scheme for women, which included Rs 90 crore for DTC buses, 50 crore for cluster buses, and Rs 150 crore for Metro trains.

(With ANI inputs)

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