90% people favour free rides for women in metros and buses: AAP

PTI New Delhi | Updated on June 18, 2019 Published on June 18, 2019

Over 90 per cent of the people favour free rides for women in Delhi metro and buses, the Aam Aadmi Party claimed on Tuesday.

Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the finding was based on a survey conducted by his party legislators, municipal councillors and women’s wing over a period of 10 days with more than 71,000 people participating in it.

“We met all sections of society. The party held 1,120 meetings and found that of 71,572 people, as many as 64,972 were in favour of free rides for women in metros and buses,” Rai told presspersons.

He said the report of the survey would be submitted to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The party wants to implement the proposal as soon as possible, Rai added.

“The DMRC gave two proposals, one of them being the issuance of pink cards for women. The DMRC said it would take about eight months to implement the proposal, but we would like to enforce it as soon as possible,” he said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on June 3 announced his government’s decision to provide free travel for women in Delhi’s public transport buses and Metro trains.

Brushing aside fears of overcrowding in metro trains due to the provision for free travel for women, Kejriwal said the step would not lead to any congestion as the daily ridership would increase by just one lakh. Currently, 25 lakh people travel by metro daily.

Published on June 18, 2019

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