No. of pink passes for women touches 100-crore mark

New Delhi: The number of pink passes given to women travelling in state run buses has touched the 100-crore mark, an official statement said on Friday.

The city government said Delhi was the first in India to initiate free travel for women on such a large scale and highlighted that 25 per cent women travelled in state

run buses in 2020-21 while the figure increased to 33 per cent in 2022-23.

If the ridership of Delhi buses (DTC and DIMTS combined) is to be seen, it is

slowly inching back towards the pre-Covid numbers, the statement said.

In 2019-20, Delhi buses had a ridership of more than 160 crore. Due to the Covid pandemic, it dropped to 71 crore in 2020-21 but recovered slightly to 93 crore in 2021-22, it said.

Since April 2022 till today, it has reached nearly 125 crore, almost 75 per cent of the pre-Covid numbers.

Across these years, since the beginning of free travel for women in October 2019, the pink ticket ridership has grown from 25 per cent in 2020-21 and 28 per cent in 2021-22 to nearly 33 per cent in 2022-23 till date.

In 2022, the DTC and the DIMTS buses combined saw an average daily ridership of 36 lakh, hitting as high as 40 lakh daily in a few months.

In the same year, free travel for women via pink tickets contributed to nearly 32 per cent of the total number of passengers travelling in a month, the statement said.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot termed it an “important milestone” not just for the government but for all the citizens of Delhi. “Delhi government has spent Rs 1,000 crores on the pink passes issued over these years,” Gahlot added.

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