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Decision to make free rides in DTC and Delhi Metro for women has been both highly loved & criticized by people from different sections of our society. There has been a lot of cry about gender equality on this issue in both print & social media. Many have labelled this decision as a populist move but, as an individual I feel that main objective of this decision is not getting the attention that it deserves.
Pollution is a serious issue & money needs to be invested in this if we want to have a better tomorrow. Forget about a” better tomorrow”, we must do more than enough just to have a “tomorrow” for ourselves. Life expectancy of individuals are likely to be decreased in coming years. Glaciers are melting & earth is likely to see massive disasters if we don’t fix things right now. Air quality index of our country is already beyond hazardous level. Out of 20 most polluted cities around the world, 13 of them are in India. When we are discussing about pollution, how can be forget about pollution level in Delhi.
Teary eyes, heavy breathing & sleepless nights are not the scene of a Bollywood drama, it’s a scene which we have created through the excessive emission in our society. The Global Burden of Disease Study for 2010, published in 2013, had found that outdoor air pollution was the fifth-largest killer in India and around 620,000 early deaths occurred from air pollution-related diseases in 2010.
To fight this issue, I strongly advocate for the free rides for all in public transports. Giving free rides to all will reduce dependency on Private transport which will eventually lead to lesser emission. This might not sound a better idea for the financial well being of the public transport organizations, but it is the need of the hour. Metro railway is a clean technology. Giving free rides to all would mean that people are encouraged to contribute in making an emission free world.
One might argue about the tax burden on common citizens of this nation. I am not saying that public transport organizations should stop earning, they can earn through Non- AFC mode of earning for example advertisements, movie shoots, birthday celebration etc. As a Metro Rail professional, I do understand that it will be difficult to cover the losses through Non- AFC modes of earning but impossible is a word which we Indians don’t have in our dictionary. If we brain storm enough multiple ways of earning will be generated.
Views are personal.
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