Free ride for women: DTC gears up for chal­lenges

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New Delhi: With pub­lic trans­port buses set to be­come free for women trav­ellers, Delhi gov­ern­ment and Delhi Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (DTC) are gear­ing up to ar­range the smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ini­tia­tive.

From Oc­to­ber 29, women trav­el­ling in buses of DTC and clus­ter scheme op­er­ated by Delhi In­te­grated Mul­ti­Modal Tran­sit Sys­tem (DIMTS) will be pro­vided pink passes for free travel, while the gov­ern­ment will re­im­burse DTC Rs 10 for each pass is­sued.

“Women will be is­sued a sin­gle jour­ney pass and all ar­range­ments are be­ing made for print­ing these passes,” state trans­port min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot said. He said apart from its dis­tinct colour, the sin­gle jour­ney passes will also carry some so­cial mes­sage from the Delhi gov­ern­ment. “More mar­shals are also be­ing de­ployed in buses,” he added.

The to­tal rid­er­ship of DTC and clus­ter scheme buses is 42 lakh ev­ery day and ac­cord­ing to DTC of­fi­cials, 30% of these con­sti­tute women. How­ever, the num­ber of women is likely to in­crease as DTC ex­pects many women to switch from other modes of trans­port such as grameen sewa, phat phat sewa etc. to buses for free travel.

“We ex­pect that about 10 lakh sin­gle jour­ney passes would be needed ev­ery day but we would know the ex­act num­ber only af­ter a few days of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the free ride scheme,” an official said. “The fi­nal de­sign of the sin­gle jour­ney passes are yet to be de­cided but these pink passes will have no value printed on them and only a se­rial num­ber. The passes will clearly men­tion that these are meant for ladies only. The print­ing of the passes will start af­ter a few days and we have not yet de­cided how many would be printed in the first lot,” he added.

Delhi gov­ern­ment will also de­ploy more mar­shals to en­sure women’s safety in buses. “The direc­torate of home guards has promised to pro­vide us with 5,500 per­son­nel and that will solve our prob­lem to a great ex­tent, oth­er­wise we will have to get civil de­fence vol­un­teers to fill up all posts of bus mar­shals,” said a gov­ern­ment official. The gov­ern­ment has also de­cided to rope in ex-ser­vice­men, who will be de­ployed on the buses along with the home guards and civil de­fence vol­un­teers.

A ‘ bus mar­shal cell’ has also been re­cently cre­ated in DTC, which will look af­ter the func­tion­ing of the se­cu­rity per­son­nel in both the state-run buses as well as those op­er­at­ing un­der the clus­ter scheme.

From Oct 29, women trav­el­ling in buses of DTC and clus­ter scheme op­er­ated by Delhi In­te­grated Mul­ti­Modal Tran­sit Sys­tem will be pro­vided pink passes for free travel, while the gov­ern­ment will re­im­burse DTC 10 for each pass is­sued

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