Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus rides for women will be free of charge from October 29.
“On the day of Raksha Bandhan, I want to give gift to our sisters that there will be free rides for women on all DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) and cluster buses from October 29, which will ensure their safety,” Kejriwal said. This facility will be available in both AC and non-AC buses.
The chief minister said women's security is the priority for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.
In June, Kejriwal said that the Delhi government was contemplating to make Delhi Metro trains and DTC bus rides free for women in order to provide safe travel experience to them. He had also announced that a total of 2.80 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across the cities by December 2019.
The Delhi government had later launched a campaign seeking public opinion on the proposal. However, the central government had said it did not receive any proposal for a free ride for women in Delhi metro, a joint venture of the Centre and the city government.
(With inputs from agencies)
Arvind Kejriwal also said that the move will also encourage women to use more public transport services.