Working class women back CM plan, will reverse fare hike woes
Every day, 37-year-old Meena travels from Outer Delhi’s Narela to Minto Road in central Delhi, a distance of over 40 km, where she works as a domestic help.
The Delhi Metro fare hike in 2017 forced her curtail her daily commute on the metro to just once a week; the rest of the days she has to change three public buses to work and back. “There is no direct bus from my place. Travelling is difficult, especially during summers. The air conditioned metro train is a relief, but now I can’t afford it,” she said.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement to make travel in Delhi Metro and in public buses free for women on Monday faced flak from several women passengers, but those from the working class backgrounds hailed it.
“Public transport is the safest for women but due to the increase in Metro prices, they are not able to use the services,” Kejriwal said. Many wondered that if this benefit was announced with an aim to provide economic relief, why was the scheme just limited to women. When asked to clarify the government’s stand on this, Kejriwal said they will include the underprivileged sections in the scheme, once the incentive proves successful for women passengers.
Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director (research and advocacy) at Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said that subsidy is a good way to discourage commuters from using private vehicles. However, it is also the responsibility of the government to make these modes affordable for the economically weaker sections. “The aim of public transport networks in a city should be that it is affordable to all, even the poorest of the commuter,” she said.
In 2017, the Delhi Metro had increased the fares in two phases, dipping its ridership considerably despite the network expansion. The AAP government had attacked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Centre for the hike.
World Hypertension Day was observed at various health institutions in the district on Tuesday, civil surgeon Dr SP Singh said. Terming hypertension as a silent killer, Dr Singh said that many people who suffer from the disease are not even aware of it till they suffer from heart attack or a stroke. The theme of World Hypertension Day 2022 is “measure your blood pressure properly, control it, live longer”.
VARANASI A court in Varanasi, which had ordered the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex on Tuesday, removed advocate commissioner Ajay Mishra for displaying “irresponsible behaviour towards the discharge of his duties”, and also granted two more days to the commission to file the survey report. Advocate commissioner Ajai Kumar Mishra and assistant advocate commissioner Ajai Pratap Singh appeared before the court and stated that they were cooperating fully.
Mumbai's oldest museum, the Bhau Daji Lad in Byculla, is celebrating 150 years at its current site. The milestone was marked on Tuesday with Maharashtra minister for tourism and environment Aaditya Thackeray launching a book and a special exhibition. The book launched on Tuesday — Mumbai: A City Through Objects, edited by honorary director of the museum Tasneem Zakaria Mehta — is a showcase of 101 artefacts from the museum's collection.
Mumbai: Maharashtra is all set to get a museum that will trace the history of the state from pre-historic times when dinosaurs roamed present-day Vidarbha to the political formation of Maharashtra and beyond in what is likely to be one of the biggest museum projects undertaken by the government in recent times. This will be a state-level museum and the largest such facility run by the directorate in Maharashtra.
Mumbai To unclog Worli Naka (junction) in South Mumbai and increase footfall at Nehru Science Centre, Nehru Centre Art Gallery and Nehru Planetarium, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will construct a vehicular bridge between E Moses Road and Annie Besant Road at Worli. Along with this vehicular bridge, BMC will construct a pedestrian underpass between the two buildings, which are roughly 500 metre apart and are popular among school children, and families.