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Delhi govt to table free metro, bus ride proposal by end of the month: Sources

NEW DELHI: By end of this month, the Delhi government would be able to formulate the proposal for the free ride for women in Delhi, sources in the government said. The transport department, DTC and DMRC senior officials are also holding a daily briefing on the matter.

According to the sources, the suggestions sent by the people would play a major role in making this plan. The Delhi Transport Department and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are preparing a detailed report on the proposal. It was directed by Delhi's Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to prepare a Cabinet note on the proposal by June 11.

The government has extended the last date for receiving feedback on the proposal from stakeholders to June 30. Earlier, the feedback was to be collected till June 15. Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah said around 3,700 suggestions and opinions of the people were received through email till Monday. Sources said that the report of DMRC was awaited.

There was no major issue as far as implementing the fare exemption in public transport buses was concerned, he said.

Electronic ticketing machines being used by conductors in DTC and Cluster buses will have to be slightly modified so that a woman passenger could be counted while showing no fare charged for her commute, he said. The Delhi government plans to provide subsidy to the public transporters, including DMRC, for fare exemption to be given to women passengers.

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