Asserting his government's commitment to boost women's security in the national capital, Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that the number of marshals deployed in Delhi buses will be increased to nearly 13,000 on Tuesday. The announcement comes a day ahead of the AAP government's scheme to make travel free of cost for women in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses.
Kejriwal, while addressing a gathering of newly-recruited bus marshals at the Tyagraj Stadium said, "Tomorrow is going to be a historic day. Delhi will be the first city in the whole country to take the initiative of deploying marshals for women's security." He added, "We are committed to boosting the security of women in Delhi. Delhi is like one big family, and I am the elder son of this family. Being the elder son, I will bear the cost of commuting in DTC buses, of our mothers, sisters, and daughters, from tomorrow."
"Women do not feel safe in Delhi, and we have to admit it," said the Delhi CM, adding he feels that ensuring their safety is his responsibility. He asked the marshals not to spare anyone who misbehaves with women. He further said that if his duty to provide facilities to the two crore citizens of Delhi.
Speaking about the security measure taken by his government, Kejriwal said that three lakh CCTV cameras have been installed in every corner of Delhi and no other city in the world has ever done it before. "From next month onwards, the work to install two lakh street lights will begin in the city," he added.
Ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections which are scheduled next year, Kejriwal has been announcing a number of schemes that the Opposition touts as 'freebies'. From free ride to women passengers in buses and Metro trains to reduction in electricity bill, Kejriwal's announcements have been criticised by the Opposition.
Kejriwal had also announced free WiFi in the national capital. During a press conference on August 8, he said that 15 GB of the Internet will be provided to every user per month at the bus stops. The AAP chief further stated that the process of implementation of the same will initiate in the coming 3-4 months, as soon as tender will comes. Giving out details about the impending project he said, the user will have to register him/her with their number to avail the service. It will be on PPP model and around 100 crore cost is estimated for the same. The internet speed will be around 200 Mbps and up to 200 users can use per hotspot at a time, within a radius of 50 meters.