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Free ride scheme for women in DTC buses launched in Delhi

The free-ride scheme for women in Delhi came into effect on October 29.

Oct 29, 2019 09:55 IST
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Free-ride scheme: Women in Delhi can now travel free in public buses including the DTC and all the cluster buses. The free-ride scheme came into effect from October 29, 2019. The Delhi Government released a notification for the same and it was tweeted by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot.

Kailash Gahlot tweeted saying, “Historic Day for Delhi!” Gahlot announced that women in Delhi will now travel free in all buses starting from October 29. He also tweeted a screenshot of the Delhi Government notification.

The notification read that in accordance with the Cabinet Decision of the Government of Delhi, it is ordered that female passengers shall travel free in cluster buses including both AC and Non AC based on the issuance of ‘single journey free travel pass’ by the conductor. The women, however, will have the option of purchasing the ticket for the journey.

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Free-ride scheme: All you need to know 

The free-ride scheme has been implemented in Delhi for all women by the Delhi Government through the exercise of the powers conferred under section 45 and section 19 of the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950 or the Delhi Road Transport (Amendment) Act, 1971.

By the use of the powers, the Delhi Government amended the Delhi Transport Corporation (Free and Concessional Passes) Regulations, 1985 to include the following amendment-

Female passengers to travel free in DTC buses (both AC and non-AC) by issuance of ‘single journey free travel pass’. However, they will have the option to purchase the ticket for the journey. 

Under the free ride scheme, the bus conductors would be distributing pink tickets with the value of Rs 10 each to all female passengers free of cost. The cost of each ticket will then be reimbursed to the transporters by the Delhi Government. The women passengers will, however, have the option of buying regular tickets.

Over 3,700 DTC buses and 1,800 buses have been deployed in Delhi under the cluster scheme.

The free-ride scheme aims to ensure the safety and security of female passengers and make transportation smooth for them.

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