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Delhi Assembly Approves Funds for Providing Free Rides to Women in DTC Buses and Delhi Metro

Of the Rs 140 crore, Rs 90 crore has been kept for DTC buses and Rs 50 crore for cluster service buses, the proposal reads

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The supplementary grant demand, moved by Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, included Rs 140 crore for providing free transport to women on buses and Rs 150 crore for Metro travel. Pixabay

he Delhi Assembly on Monday by voice vote approved for the transport sector Rs 479 crore additional grant, which includes funds for providing free rides to women in DTC buses and Delhi Metro as well as deployment of marshalls in the buses.

The supplementary grant demand, moved by Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, included Rs 140 crore for providing free transport to women on buses and Rs 150 crore for Metro travel.

Of the Rs 140 crore, Rs 90 crore has been kept for DTC buses and Rs 50 crore for cluster service buses, the proposal reads. Rs 142 crore was added to it for deployment of marshals in buses to enhance women security.

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The Delhi Assembly on Monday by voice vote approved for the transport sector Rs 479 crore additional grant, which includes funds for providing free rides to women in DTC buses and Delhi Metro. Pixabay

On June 3, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced the government’s plan to roll out a free travel scheme for women in Delhi Metro and DTC buses. He said the government would subsidise services providers.

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While Kejriwal had announced that free rides will be provided from October, “the cabinet is yet to approved it,” Sisodia said on Monday. For free Metro rides, more time was required to complete the procedure, he added. (IANS)

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Delhi Breathes Hazardous Air, Once Again

It has predicted a "no significant improvement" in the air that we breathe, at least immediately

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Toxic high pollution in the Delhi-NCR is not only taking a toll on people's health but is also adversely affecting their skin. Pixabay

Delhi on Monday woke up to hazardous levels of air quality, once again, with the index hitting a whopping 582.

Delhi’s overall pm 2.5 level reached a maximum of 555, while pm 10 levels reached a maximum of 695. Both are prime indicators of how bad or good the air quality is.

Meanwhile, AQI levels in suburban Noida also touched 444 which is unhealthy, but Gurugram remained relatively better at 282, which is also unhealthy.

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The AQI index of Delhi is at emergency levels. Pixabay

The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) on Sunday advised Delhites to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. “Take more breaks and do less intense activities. Asthmatics, keep medicine ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur. Heart patients, see a doctor if you get palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue,” it said in an advisory.

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SAFAR in its air quality forecast said: “Under the calm, cold and moist conditions, dense fog is likely for the next 24 hours. Few biomass fire counts are observed, no significant biomass fire pm 2.5 contribution is expected in the coming days.” It has predicted a “no significant improvement” in the air that we breathe, at least immediately. (IANS)