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New bus route connecting Delhi’s Bawana to Rithala metro station launched

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Sunday flagged off a bus on a new route connecting Bawana village in northwest Delhi to Rithala metro station.

Gahlot flagged off the bus from Bawana Chowk, marking a significant milestone in the city government’s efforts to improve public transport accessibility, an official statement said.

The new route, 990C, will have 19 stops, it said.

“The introduction of the 990C bus route signifies our commitment to providing efficient and convenient public transportation options to the citizens of Delhi,” Gahlot said.

This route will benefit residents of Bawana village, Bawana industrial area, Barwala, Pooth Khurd and Prahladpur, and make their daily commute more convenient, he said.

Later, at an event in Bawana to honour Pawan Sehrawat, who was part of the gold medal-winning kabaddi team at the Asian Games, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also spoke about the new bus route.

“In the past 75 years, no government has paid as much attention to villages and rural areas as our government. Today, we have initiated the 990C bus service that will connect Bawana to Rithala metro station. It will also link Barwala, Pooth Khurd and Prahladpur to Rithala metro station,” Kejriwal said.

“In the last two to three years, several buses have been deployed in rural areas. Whether the buses operate at a loss or make a profit, the government is not sitting here to make money from the public but to ensure their convenience,” he said.

On the delay in payment of pensions to retired employees of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), who have been protesting over the issue, Kejriwal said he is personally working for a resolution of the problem.

“It saddens me deeply that people have to protest in their old age after retirement. When our government was formed, the DTC pension was a significant issue. Initially, DTC was asked to create its own fund to provide pensions. We had implemented the 7th Pay Commission and arrears were also distributed,” he said.

“Pensions used to be given on time. But in the past year, employees have been facing issues in receiving their pensions. It makes one wonder why problems have arisen only in the last year,” Kejriwal said.

“There must be some discrepancies. I am directly involved in this matter. Last week, I met the LG (VK Saxena) and conveyed that stopping anyone’s pension is not right. I have asked for the pension files and I will ensure that pensions are disbursed very soon,” he further said.

Edited By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

Oct 16, 2023

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