A survey by Delhi Commission for Women has revealed that more than 65 percent of women in Delhi would be forced to look for less safer and cheaper modes of transportation in the wake of metro fare hike.
Taking to Twitter, the DCW chief, Swati Maliwal wrote, “DCW survey on 2516 women reveals 97% women unhappy wid metro fare hike. 68% forced 2 seek alternate travel mode, rendering dem less safe!”
DCW survey on 2516 women reveals 97% women unhappy wid metro fare hike. 68% forced 2 seek alternate travel mode, rendering dem less safe!
— Swati Jai Hind (@SwatiJaiHind) October 10, 2017
Also, 96.98 percent of the respondents said that they wanted the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to immediately withdraw the fare hike.
During the survey, conducted on Tuesday, the Commission spoke to 2,516 women outside 36 metro stations in the city.
A DCW statement said, “68.68 per cent of the women stated that they would be forced to adopt less safer modes of transportation or would be forced to travel less frequently and won’t be able to use the metro as frequently as earlier.”
The survey revealed that around 61.57 per cent women said they would face severe issues in managing their household expenses following the fare hike.
DCW Chief Swati Maliwal said the hike in Metro fares was anti-women and demanded immediate roll back.
She said, “At a time when six rapes and several cases of eve- teasing and harassment are reported each day, the metro fare hike has forced women to go back to less safer modes of transportation.”
The rise in Metro fare has been a very controversial decision as the matter became intensely political after the Delhi government opposed the move. The Centre told the Arvind Kejriwal government to pay Rs 3,000 crore for five years for it to be able to stop the hike, which it said was necessary due to mounting losses.