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90% people favour free rides for women in metros & buses: AAP

NEW DELHI: Over 90 percent of the people favour free rides for women in Delhi Metro and buses, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed on Tuesday. Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the finding was based on a survey conducted by his Party legislators, municipal councillors and women wing over a period of ten days with more than 71,000 people participating in it. "We met all sections of the society. The Party held 1,120 meetings and found that out of 71,572 people, as many as 64,972 were in favour of the free rides for women in Metros and buses," Rai said. He said the report of the survey would be submitted to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Party wants to implement the proposal as soon as possible, Rai added.

"The DMRC gave two proposals, one of them being the issuance of pink cards for women. The DMRC said it would take about eight months to implement the proposal but we would like to enforce it as soon as possible," he said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on June 3 announced his government's decision to provide free travel for women in Delhi's public transport buses and Metro trains. Brushing aside fears of overcrowding in Metro trains due to the provision for free travel for women, CM Kejriwal had said the step will not lead to any congestion as the

daily ridership will increase by just one lakh. Currently, 25 lakh people travel by metro every day.

Meanwhile, according to a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) report the number of women commuters in the Metro network will "increase drastically" after implementation of Delhi government's free travel proposal, leading to an increase in daily revenue generation by around Rs 1.50 crore. According to the report, the DMRC currently earns around Rs 2.84 crore daily from women commuters, who

comprise an estimated 30% of the total daily average traffic flow. Taking the potential uptick in female ridership into account, the Metro estimates the income from journeys made by women will be around Rs 4.26 crore after the scheme is implemented, around Rs 1.42 crore more than what it is

earning now.

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