DTC to give all women free ride on Raksha Bandhan

August 14th, 2008 - 8:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 14(IANS) Women commuters in Delhi would be able to travel free in state-run Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses Saturday on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, the state government announced here Thursday. Women would be allowed a free ride in all DTC buses and green low-floor buses till 5 p.m. Saturday. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is a festival where sister ties a sacred thread on the wrist of her brother and he pledges to protect her.

“The decision has been taken to ensure that women reach their destinations without any hassle,” a Delhi government spokesperson said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also conveyed her greetings to all Delhi residents on the occasion of Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan.

“The decision of the Delhi government would certainly help thousands of women who will travel across the capital to celebrate the festival,” said Veena Gupta, who travels from east Delhi to northwest Delhi every year to celebrate the festival with her brother.

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