New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a petition challenging the AAP government’s proposal to make metro ride free for women.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar declined to entertain the plea, saying there is no substance in it and imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on the petitioner.
The court also rejected the prayer in the petition seeking a reduction of fares and to make 15 slabs of the ticket price instead of existing six.
“Fixation of fares is a statutory provision and it depends on several factors including cost which cannot be determined in a PIL,” the bench said.
According to the proposal sent by the DMRC to the government, in the first way, women will be able to use both token and card.
For this, the Delhi Metro has to change the entire software system. It will take more than a year.
The other way is to give Pink token to women also the entrance to women will be different at the station.
The Chief Minister stated that Delhi Metro has asked for 8 months to implement this. But the government wants to implement it as soon as possible.
For this, the DMRC officials will be consulted. Because the token window has to be started at 170 metro stations as well as with the introduction of Pink token for this. In fact, the token window has been closed at these stations.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that according to the Delhi Metro 30% of women run in the metro.
The number of women passengers is expected to increase by 15% when the scheme will start.
Election Commission data show that there are more than 64 lakh women among the 1.43 crore voters of Delhi. On Delhi Metro, more than 26 lakh passengers on an average travel every day. About 30-33% of the passengers are women. Once the scheme is implemented, more than 8,00,000 women will be able to avail free travel facility every day in Delhi.
Delhi government will have to pay approximately Rs 1556 crore in order to start this scheme.