Delhi Metro, the bus made free for a woman keeping safety in mind: Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said the government has decided to make metro and bus travel free for women "keeping in mind the safety of women". Arvind Kejriwal's announcement of voluntary free rides in the metro and buses for women travelers comes in the run-up to assembly elections in the national capital. The decision has been taken just a few months ahead of the assembly elections. The term of the Delhi government ends in February
"The move aims that the maximum number of women can use public transport. Public transport is said to be the safest for women," Kejriwal said. The Delhi government will bear the cost, he added. The decision, which is likely to cost the government approximately ₹1,600 crore this year.
The AAP, which swept the assembly elections in 2015, fared very poorly in the national capital in the Lok Sabha elections. Of the seven seats in Delhi, the party failed to secure a single seat and came third in five of the constituencies. Now, the government aims to launch the free-ride initiative in the next two or three months and has invited suggestions from the public about the implementation of the scheme.