Delhi Metro: Fares set to rise again, Kejriwal calls it 'anti

Henrietta Strickland
September 29, 2017

He wrote, "The Metro fare hike is anti-people. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has been directed to find a solution to prevent hike in Metro fares within a week".

For the Aam Aadmi Party that has gone on an overdrive to reach out to the people with its achievements, Thursday's aggressive campaign is an attempt to distance itself from the fare hike.

The last fare revision took place in 2009.

The Delhi government today directed the DMRC to put off an impending fare hike till the Transport Department completes its inquiry to ascertain whether the view of the city administration was considered while taking the decision. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal has displayed his resentment towards the step of revising Metro fare.

The fares were to be increased in two phases after a fare fixation committee recommended the hike.

Saying that the hike would add to the woes of the already burdened common man in the national capital region, BMS has argued that the public transport system in Delhi has always been and continues to be very poor and the metro has been a saviour for people who have no access to private vehicles and have to travel from far-flung areas in the NCR.

This new phase of price hikes is going to start from October 10. When asked, a DMRC official pleading anonymity said the recommendations of the Fare Fixation Committee are binding. "The government will try not to allow Metro to increase its fares", the official also said.

Yes, we spoke about the fare hike.

Talking to reporters, Gahlot said that at the meeting with the DMRC chief, he examined all the files related to the fare hike.

Earlier, this year in May, the maximum fare was hiked from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum fare was hiked to Rs 30 to Rs 50. The minister said there were five members each from the Centre and the Delhi government in the Board of Metro and that the Chief Secretary has been given a copy of the order. The second phase of the new price scheme will be implemented from October.

A month after the implementation of the fare hike in May, the DMRC in an RTI reply had acknowledged a slump in metro ridership.

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