On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that all women will be allowed to travel free of cost on all Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), cluster buses and metro trains.
He said that the move was made to encourage women to use public transport and have a safe travel experience. However, Kejriwal further said that the while the travel will be free for all women, those who can afford to pay for the ticket should do so.
"Subsidy will not be imposed on anyone. There are several women who can afford these modes of transport. Those who can afford, can purchase tickets, they need not take subsidy. We encourage those, who can afford, to buy tickets and not take subsidy so that others could benefit," he said.
He also said that the complete burden of the subsidy will be borne by the Delhi government. It can be noted that the Central Government and the Delhi government are equal partners in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Kejriwal said that the move is expected to cost Rs 700 crore per year and the detailed proposal will be made in a week's time so as to implement the decision in 2 to 3 months.
"I have given one week's time to officials to make a detailed proposal (for both DTC and Metro) on how and when we can implement free travel for women. We are trying to start this within two-three months. We are also seeking suggestions from people on implementation," he said.