Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that bus and metro rides will be made free for women keeping to ensure their safety. "On all DTC buses, cluster buses and metro trains women will be allowed to travel free of cost so that they have a safe travel experience and can access modes of transport which they were not able to, due to high prices," he said while addressing a press conference in the national capital.
The subsidy, he said will be voluntary and those who can afford it should pay for the services. "Subsidy won't be imposed on anyone. There are several women who can afford these modes of transport. Those who can afford, can purchase tickets, they needn't take subsidy. We encourage those, who can afford, to buy tickets and not take subsidy so that others could benefit," he said.
He said that the plan will be brought into action in the next two-three months. "I've given one-week time to officials to make a detailed proposal - for both DTC and metro - on how and when can this be implemented. We're making an effort to start this within 2-3 months. We're also seeking suggestions from people, regarding its implementation," he added.
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