Delhi govt okays free travel for disabled persons on AC,Cluster buses

, 9:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Disabled persons can now travel on DTC’s Air-Conditioned and Cluster (orange) buses free of cost with the Delhi Cabinet today giving its nod for the same.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Delhi Secretariat.

“The Cabinet has approved the extension of free travel facility in accordance with the Disabilities Act to persons suffering from any disability,” said a senior government official.

Out of a total of 6,055 buses (4,555 DTC and 1,500 Cluster), 1,275 are AC buses, the official said, adding that the number of AC buses is going to increase substantially in the near future.

“Persons with disability so far had passes only for Non-AC buses. Now, they can board AC buses, too,” the official said.

“The Cabinet approved the extension of free travel facilities through all route pass issued by DTC to persons suffering from any disability,” the official said.

The Cabinet also okayed a proposal for strengthening the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department.

Approval was also given for deploying about 400 ex- servicemen against the vacant posts of foot constable on a contractual basis for a period of six months or till the posts are filled on a regular basis.

Ex-servicemen will be deployed on the roads during the 15- day second phase of the odd-even scheme starting from April 15, the official said.

“The number of existing posts of foot constables is 419 and that of head constables is 214. Of these, only 18 posts of foot constable and 75 posts of head constable are filled. Rest of the posts are vacant for more than four years now,” the official added.