SC flays free Metro ride scheme of AAP Govt

SC flays free Metro ride scheme of AAP Govt


The Delhi government's scheme allowing women to travel for free on the metro rail network has come under heavy criticism from the Supreme Court for its potential to add to cost overruns.

The Delhi government should, instead, ensure that the financial health of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, or DMRC, is maintained properly and no steps are taken that might result in losses, the court observed.

Taking a dig at the Arvind Kejriwal government, Mr.Justice Deepak Gupta -- one of the judges on the Bench headed by Mr. Justice Arun Mishra -- said, 'If you allow people to travel free then it will be a problem.. if there are freebies then there will be a problem.'

The observation by the bench came after the Delhi government objected to sharing losses with the Centre.

'The State is responsible for transport. We find nothing objectionable in case the Metro suffers losses to be borne by the state as Metro is a conveyance within the state and considering the nature of the facility the losses, if any, to be borne by state to ensure policies which do not cause any operational loss or otherwise to the running of the Metro.'