E Sreedharan, the former Delhi Metro managing director who has credited for its prosperity, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s aspiring arrangement to give free metro rides to ladies will drive the transportation towards wastefulness and liquidation. He asked PM Modi not to consent to the proposal.
“I would in all respects sincerely demand you sir not to consent to the Delhi government’s proposal of free travel to women in the Metro,” his letter read.
Mr Sreedharan, prominently known as ‘Metro Man’, said when the Metro service was begun in 2002, it was chosen that everyone would need to purchase tickets to ride the fast transport system and no special case would be made.
He said the choice was invited by the Prime Minister (1999-2004) Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who purchased ticket for his first ride from Shahdara to Kashmere Gate in December, 2002.
DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) is a joint business entity of the Delhi and Central government, and one investor can’t take a one-sided choice to offer free service to one segment of the network and drive the Delhi Metro in to “wastefulness and insolvency”, he said.
“Presently, if women are to be without given travel concession in Delhi Metro, it would set a disturbing priority to every other metro in the nation. The contention of the Delhi government that the income misfortunes would be repaid to the DMRC is a poor comfort,” his letter additionally read.
Mr. Sreedharan, who initiated Delhi Metro from 1995 to 2012, said the staff and the Managing Director likewise purchase tickets to utilize the administration.
He exhorted that if Mr. Kejriwal needed to proceed with the plan, he should put cash legitimately into the records of the recipients.
“On the off chance that the Delhi government is so quick to help woman workers, I would recommend Delhi government can pay legitimately to the woman suburbanites the expense of their movement instead of make travel free on the Metro,” he included.
Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP member, has shielded the plan. “I might want to disclose to Sreedharan ji that Delhi Metro won’t lose even a solitary rupee. The Delhi government will pay ladies’ passage,” he said.
Mr. Kejriwal as of late said in a question and answer session that the plan would cost Rs. 1567 crore and will be taken off in eight months.
“The motivation behind this plan isn’t to offer free service to ladies, however to expand their essence in open transport. On the off chance that more ladies travel in transports and metro, they would feel more secure,” he included.
“In the event that Sreedharan ji has said that this choice would drive Delhi Metro towards wastefulness and insolvency, I figure it ought to be broke down appropriately,” Manoj Tiwari (BJP) to one of the news channels.