‘Bad idea’, he says..! Metro Man writes to PM against AAP’s illogical plan of free rides for women bid

When the nation at large yelled about giving a free public ride to women was really a bad move, the AAP government illogically and continuously kept on backing the decision saying that it was for women safety in the national capital. Now the Metro Man himself wants the proposal to be laid off.

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Writing a letter to PM Modi, E Sreedharan, the retired Delhi Metro chief who is credited for its success and who is widely known as a ‘Metro Man’, has urged to not to accept the ‘freebie’ proposal saying that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s ambitious plan of free metro rides to women will drive the transport system towards inefficiency and bankruptcy.

“I would very earnestly request you sir not to agree to the Delhi government’s proposal of free travel to ladies in the Metro,” his letter addressed to PM Modi read.

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“The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is a joint venture of the Delhi government and centre, and one shareholder cannot take an unilateral decision to give concession to one section of the community and push the Delhi Metro in to inefficiency and bankruptcy”, he said.

Stressing at the problems that would arise if the proposal came into existence, E Sreedharan said, “Now, if ladies are to be given free travel concession in Delhi Metro, it would set an alarming precedence to all other metros in the country. The argument of the Delhi government that the revenue losses would be reimbursed to the DMRC is a poor solace”.

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“If the Delhi government is so keen to help lady commuters, I would suggest Delhi government can pay directly to the lady commuters the cost of their travel rather than make travel free on the Metro,” he added.

Considering the letter, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said, “If Sreedharan has claimed that the decision would drive Delhi Metro towards inefficiency and bankruptcy, I think it should be analysed properly”.

Meanwhile defending the proposal, Saurabh Bhardwaj of AAP assured that Delhi Metro would not lose even a single rupee as the state government would be paying for all the ladies. “The purpose of this scheme is not to give concession to women, but to increase their presence in public transport. If more women travel in buses and metro, they would feel safer,” he added.


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