In response to ‘Metro Man’ Dr E Sreedharan’s letter to PM Narendra Modi requesting him to “not conform to the Delhi authorities’s proposal of free journey for ladies within the Metro”, Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia wrote to Sreedharan, saying “he’s shocked and pained” by his viewpoint. Explaining the proposal, Sisodia wrote, “The Delhi authorities will purchase round one million coupons in bulk from the DMRC every day and supply these to ladies… Why ought to anybody have any objection to that?”
He stated the Delhi authorities’s intention is to make sure ladies’s security and encourage use of public transport within the capital to cut back air air pollution. Sisodia known as it a “revolutionary step to empower ladies”.
He stated that after the completion of Section III of the DMRC, companies had been designed to have a capability of 40 lakh passengers day by day. Sisodia pointed at ridership figures in his letter to Sreedharan and stated, “Figures, nonetheless, present that DMRC is catering to a median ridership of lower than 25 lakh day by day… Delhi Metro is working at lower than 65% effectivity, and that is fairly dangerous efficiency”.
He additionally requested Sreedharan to “rethink his stand and provides his blessings for the progressive step”. “By DMRC’s personal admission, free ridership for ladies will improve ladies ridership by 50%. Delhi Metro ought to have fun this…,” he stated. Sisodia claimed that “excessive fares” is among the essential causes behind falling ridership.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj stated that “just one change must be made to the software program… and the entry gates meant for male travellers must be programmed to reject pink sensible playing cards or tokens issued to ladies”.