New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said that their proposal of ‘free travel for women’ will be beneficial for the Delhi Metro, a day after former metro chief E Sreedharan wrote a letter to PM Modi in which he opposed the Delhi Government’s proposed free travel scheme.

Sisodia said that he has written a letter to Sreedharan and said that the Delhi metro is already running in losses.

“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 deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

He said that the Delhi Government’s proposal will be beneficial for the metro as its ridership will increase and the fare will come down.

He also said that the Delhi government will pay the fares of the women commuters and the Delhi metro should be happy with it.

“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 the fare of women commuters, Delhi Metro should be happy with it,” he said.

Earlier, former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he opposed the Delhi Government’s proposed free travel scheme for women in Metro and said that it would set an “an alarming precedence.”

He said that if the Delhi government is "so keen" to help women commuters, it can pay the cost of their travel directly to them rather than making travel free on metro trains.

He also said that the Delhi Metro is the joint venture of the Delhi Government and the Central Government and asked PM Modi not to agree to this proposal.

"I would very earnestly request you, sir, not to agree to the Delhi government's proposal of free travel to ladies in the Metro,” said Sreedharan.

"One shareholder cannot take a unilateral decision to give concession to one section of the community and push Delhi Metro into inefficiency and bankruptcy," he said.

Sreedharan said that when the first section of the Delhi Metro was to be opened in 2002, he had taken a firm decision that no one would be given travel concession.

Even the then Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee had bought a ticket himself to travel to the station from where the metro's first section was inaugurated, he said.

He further said that even officers and staff, including the managing director of the DMRC, purchase tickets when they travel on the metro on official duties.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma