Delhi’s public transport is probably one of the most widely used service in India. With a daily footfall of over 45 lakhs- in just the DTC, the public transport truly is a life saver for the residents of the city. In a new move however, the government has announced today that it will soon make all Delhi Government owned public transport in Delhi- be it the metro or low floor buses, completely free for women. Read on to know all the details.
What’s the update?
As of now, there is a proposal to make Delhi government owned public transport free for women. As part of this, the Delhi government is planning to make DTC buses safer and free for women which is something that as icing on the cake.
As per the numbers, about 25% of DMRC riders and 20% of DTC commuters are women. The proposal to make public transport free for them has been pushed and it in the metros, it will take up to eight months to implement.
What issues will be faced in the implementation?
For one, the transport authorities will suffer huge losses as a major chunk of commuters won’t have to pay in order to travel. Though the number of paying male travellers is quite high, the earnings will certainly take a dip. Apart from that, implementation of the scheme in DTC and cluster bus services won’t be much of an issue as there are no technological barriers involved.
In the metro however, the infrastructure will have to be built in such a fashion that women can enter the platforms without paying a penny. At any rate, now that the change has been confirmed, the DMRC will have to act fast. The move has also received some backlash from the male community saying that this is another example of double standards when it comes to equality amongst the genders.
Another more pressing issue is the fact that since the services are free for women, there will be a massive spike in the footfall. DMRC authorities have stated that as of now, they are not equipped to deal with that kind of ridership or pressure. They will take at least eight months to set up the required infrastructure in the metros.
What other plans?
Additionally, plans for making public transport cheaper for older citizens are also underway. They have been on the table for a while now, but the authorities have been unable to act on them. We are glad to see the quick action and response on the matter of making public transport free for women, which will soon be put to place.
At any rate, we are happy to see that the authorities are making sure that public transport is accessible to any and everyone, no matter where they come from.