Not surprising at all
While the idea to completely incentivise the use of public transport for women is bold, the Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs – Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri has accused the AAP govt of making false promises.
In his statement, he accuses CM Kejriwal of advertising this scheme without carrying out a feasibility study and consulting with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) or the concerned Ministries. He suggests that the Govt of Delhi cannot afford to incur such a loss of revenue (approx. 700-800 crore from female passengers) since they are already in debt.
However, CM Kejriwal thinks he won’t need any permissions and his team want to implement this scheme within 2-3 months.
The people of Delhi had a mixed reaction to this announcement. While some of them termed it as an empowering decision (for women), others termed it as a political gimmick (with elections approaching).