DTC board gives nod to free ride for women

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New Delhi: The Delhi Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (DTC) board gave its go-ahead to pro­vid­ing free rides to women in its buses on Mon­day. The de­ci­sion was taken at a meet­ing chaired by Delhi’s trans­port min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot, who is also chair­man of the board.

The pro­posal to al­low free ride to women in DTC and clus­ter buses from Oc­to­ber 29 was ap­proved by the Delhi cabi­net on Au­gust 29. The move is ex­pected to cost around Rs 140 crore in the fi­nan­cial year 2019-2020. Of this amount, Rs 90 crore has been kept for DTC and Rs 50 crore for clus­ter scheme. While there are 3,781 buses in DTC’s fleet, the num­ber of clus­ter scheme buses in 1,704.

Women will be is­sued a pink ticket for trav­el­ling in buses and for each ticket, DTC will be given Rs 10. The print­ing of these pink tick­ets is ex­pected to be­gin soon.

The DTC board also ap­proved the pro­posal to pro­cure 300 elec­tric buses, for which DTC is get­ting as­sis­tance from the Cen­tre. New Delhi: With in­ter­mit­tent spells of mod­er­ate rain re­ported last week, a jump in mos­quito-borne disease cases has been noted.

Ac­cord­ing to the weekly re­port re­leased by the South Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, 46 new cases of dengue, 57 of malaria and 14 chikun­gunya cases were re­ported in Delhi last week. The quan­tum of cases com­ing from other states is re­ported to be much higher.

Be­sides the Delhi cases, 124 more dengue in­ci­dents were re­ported, which were said to be in­fec­tions ac­quired from other states. The ad­dress of 12 pa­tients could not be traced. Sim­i­larly, in case of malaria 55 cases were re­ported to be in­fec­tions ac­quired from other states.

A se­nior mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cial said that the hike may be due to pud­dles of wa­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing af­ter the rain dur­ing last week. “Con­struc­tion sites are some of the biggest vi­o­la­tors in case of mos­quito breed­ing. More than half of the con­struc­tion sites that we check are found to be pos­i­tive for mos­quito breed­ing,” the of­fi­cial said. He added that cor­po­ra­tions could im­pose use se­vere puni­tive mea­sures — such as fines up to Rs 50,000 and also file FIR in case of re­peat vi­o­la­tors.

The civic bod­ies claimed that the do­mes­tic breed­ing check­ers found 1.3 lakh cases of pos­i­tive mos­quito breed­ing this year.

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