With the Delhi government’s free bus ride scheme for women rolling out on October 29, 13,000 bus marshals have been deployed on buses to ensure their safety. Sharma has been working as a marshal on DTC buses since January 2018.
The bus marshals include civil defense volunteers, home guards and ex-servicemen. Around 3,400 marshals are already present in buses, but the plan is to have at least one at all times in each bus, as the new scheme rolls out.
The Indian Express speaks to Shabana Khan, 14, a Class 8 student of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Moti Bagh-I, and Aman Kumar, 17, a Class 10 student of Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School, Moti Bagh, to find out what the decision means to them.
The firm, headed by Dr Bimal Patel, beat five bidders to bag the coveted project, which is expected to be completed by 2024. Patel’s firm, set up by his father Hasmukh C Patel in 1960, designed the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, and the Central Vista and state secretariat in Gandhinagar, when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister.
After a flight to Ecuador, the men were transported by road or flight to Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and finally Mexico. They spent weeks lodged in cheap hotels, passing one immigration check after another.
At the Kalindi Kunj site, trucks loaded with the idols and filled to the brim with people kept pouring in even on Wednesday. A couple of police officers sat at the site, ensuring order as groups danced and celebrated the festival to drumbeats and music.
On July 1, the High Court ruled that 54 vendors of the Karol Bagh tehbazari market would be evicted for the pedestrianisation drive, and alternate areas with NOCs would be issued to them. Around 200 vendors were evicted on July 11.