New Delhi, Aug 29: The Delhi Cabinet on Thursday approved free travel for women in all DTC, cluster buses from October 29. This free travel scheme will be voluntary – meaning if any woman passenger who wants to purchase a journey ticket will be free to do so.
The Delhi Cabinet in its meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal gave its in-principle approval to the Department of Transport’s proposal for free travel to women passengers in city buses. The Cabinet decision was announced by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot at a media briefing.
He said single journey duration passes will be issued to women passengers in DTC and cluster buses.
Reimbursement to DTC at the rate of Rs 10 per single journey duration pass and similar payment in the designated account of cluster scheme for proper accounting of this facility would be done by the government.
The Cabinet directed the DTC to propose suitable amendments in DTC (Free and Concessional Passes) Regulations, 1985, subject to any alterations, if any, so that it may be notified in the official gazette DTC and DIMTS wouldl strengthen their ticket checking mechanisms to ensure that the facility was not misused.
Women officers/officials of Delhi Government, local bodies and undertakings will not be entitled for transport allowance, in case they opt for free travel facility in DTC and cluster buses.
Free travel will be allowed to women passengers for airport and other special services too, including in DTC and Cluster buses plying in the NCR region. (UNI)