Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday assured students demanding validation of student passes in air-conditioned DTC buses that he will expedite the process. The chief minister later said in a tweet that he had had directed Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to expedite the proposal. The transport minister quickly replied to his tweet saying he would immediately take necessary steps. The development comes after hundreds of Delhi students led-by the members of All India Students Association (AISA) protested at chief minister's residence. Despite getting assurance from Kejriwal, the students said that they will approach Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to seek solution.
Delhi University's AISA wing president Kawalpreet Kaur said that travelling to college had become extremely tough for students after the Delhi Metro fare hike and AC buses are the only option to ease our travel.
"But student passes are valid only in non-AC busses. This is our long standing demand and it was accepted by the Delhi CM following protests in January but nothing has been materialised yet," Kaur said.
According to Kaur, they are also planning to meet Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri over the issue as the Central government too have some responsibilities in making transport affordable for students.
Meanwhile, the Congress backed National Students Union Of India (NSUI) is expected to hold a protest at the Vishwavidyalaya Metro station on Wednesday demanding some concession in Delhi Metro passes for the Delhi University students.