Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has come up with a unique idea to enhance safety and security of women – letting them travel in state-run buses and metro free of cost in the national capital.
The chief minister on Monday said that this would ensure a safe travel experience to women and help those who are not able to access the facility due to high prices. He also said that those who afford to buy tickets can do so.
The plan, which is yet to be cleared by the Centre, would cost about Rs 800 crore to the exchequer this year. Kejriwal intends to launch it in three months. He said he has asked the authorities concerned to prepare a detailed proposal, which would be then taken up by his Cabinet.
The freebee offer comes after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was routed in Delhi in the recent Lok Sabha elections. As the Union Territory is going to the polls for Assembly in 2020, the move is viewed as a poll gimmick to recapture the voter’s favour.
In 2015, AAP swept the elections winning 67 of 70 Assembly seats. However, ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kejriwal made several failed attempts to strike an alliance with the Congress Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. At the end AAP ended up winning just one seat in Punjab.
Apart from free ride for women in Metro and buses, the APP government is reportedly mulling to bring down electricity charges for consumers.