DTC board gives nod to free ride for women
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.