New Delhi: In response to E.Sreedharan’s objection to a free ride for women in Delhi metro, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Saturday gave a clarification on the issue.
“I have written to Sreedharan sahib and told him that Delhi Metro is running in losses. It's carrying capacity is 40 lakh passengers everyday but presently it's carrying only 25 lakh passengers,” said Sisodia.
Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi had lately announced its decision to give free travel facility to all women passengers on buses and Metro. Since the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is an equal partnership between the Centre and Delhi government, therefore he called for PM’s personal intervention.
In his letter that Sreedharan wrote on June 10 he mentioned that one shareholder cannot act unilaterally when it comes to giving concessions to a section of the community. He also reiterated of how it could push the Delhi Metro into inefficiency and bankruptcy.
Delhi Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia also added, “Our proposal of 'free travel for women on Metro' will be beneficial for Delhi Metro, its ridership will increase and fares will come down. If Delhi govt pays fare of women commuters, Delhi Metro should be happy with it.
While highlighting other important points in the letter Sreedharan said, if Delhi’s proposal for free travel for women becomes a reality then this could raise similar demands in other parts of the country.