Delhi authorities could preserve Rs 150 crore at no cost bus rides to girls, Auto Information, Automobilnews
NEW DELHI: A day after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal introduced that ladies would get a free experience in public buses from October 29, Delhi authorities has sought a provision of Rs 150 crore within the present finances for the aim.Officers mentioned Delhi authorities will reimburse each Delhi Transport Company (DTC) and DIMTS — which operates cluster buses — for any income loss incurred by them for letting girls journey with out paying the fare. Sources mentioned the federal government has requested the transport division to put aside a subsidy of Rs 90 crore for DTC and Rs 50 crore for cluster buses for the remaining 5 months of the present fiscal.
“The federal government has determined to pay Rs 10 for every experience taken by a lady on DTC or cluster buses. After calculating the estimated variety of girls travellers, the federal government has assessed that it will have to collectively pay the 2 service suppliers Rs 140 crore this fiscal and budgetary provision must be made for that,” mentioned an official.
Although a ultimate resolution is but to be taken on free journey for girls in Delhi Metro, sources mentioned the federal government goes to maintain a provision of Rs 10 crore for the aim this monetary yr.
When the scheme was introduced in June, the federal government had estimated that it will want about Rs 1,400 crore yearly to subsidise free journey for girls on buses and Delhi Metro, which included Rs 200 crore for DTC, Rs 100 crore for cluster buses and Rs 1,100 crore for metro.Sources mentioned the Delhi cupboard is probably going to present its nod subsequent week with nearly all departments involved, together with planning, finance, legislation and residential, submitting their views on the AAP authorities’s bold proposal. There have been some objections raised by the departments, however the transport division’s clarification paved the way in which for the cupboard to present its nod.
The finance division was involved about how misuse of the power and pilferage could be checked. It had additionally requested how the federal government would make sure that girls employed by Delhi authorities and drawing travelling allowance wouldn’t avail of the free experience. The identical restriction was relevant on girls working with the central authorities and its numerous boards and firms, public sector undertakings, banks and different such our bodies.
“We mentioned within the cupboard be aware that the vigilance crew might be strengthened to verify pilferage and misuse. We are going to take an enterprise from Delhi authorities workers drawing TA that they won’t journey at no cost. We could write to the Centre and different authorities businesses to take comparable undertakings from their girls workers,” mentioned an official, including that the finance minister had already dismissed the objections a day earlier than the CM introduced the launch date of the scheme.