In a major move, the Aam Aadmi Party government on Monday has announced that the Delhi Metro and DTC bus rides will be free for all women in the National Capital. Addressing a press briefing, AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal stated that this plan is for the safe travel of women in public transports. Besides the free rides in Delhi Metro and DTC buses, Arvind Kejriwal has also stated that it will install over 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras across the national security to ensure the safety of women.
"The women feel a lot unsafe in Delhi. Safety of women is top priority for the AAP government. For the safety of woman, two big decisions have been taken. One is that we have trying to install CCTV camera across the city. Now, tender has been passed to install over 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras. Survey of 70,000 cameras has been completed. So from June 8, the camera will start getting installed. Cameras will be installed in schools and it will be done by November. It has been believed that public transport is the safest for women. So for the safety of women, the government has taken the decision that in Delhi, in all DTC buses, cluster buses and metros, the journey of the women will be free such women can make the best use of it," Arvind Kejriwal said during the press briefing.
While the move is yet to be cleared by the Centre, Arvind Kejriwal further added that the scheme will be launched in three months and the Delhi government would bear the cost worth Rs 700-800 crore this year.
"This will help to prevent pollution and will also ensure women safety as we have already provided marshals and set up CCTVs in public transport," he added.
This development has come days after the Aam Aadmi Party lost miserably in the Lok Sabha elections against the BJP party which won all the seven seats in the National Capital. Meanwhile, the Assembly polls in Delhi due early next year.
Attacking the AAP party and Arvind Kejriwal, the Bharatiya Janata Party has termed the move as a political gimmick ahead of the elections.