Delhi Metro fare hike: Transport minister warns DMRC of action

Delhi Metro

Delhi Metro

He has cited how Delhi government provides Rs 1,600 crore financial support to Delhi Transport Corporation, which is not in good shape.

Singh is AAP's nominee on the DMRC Board. "As for as your suggestion regarding a grant to DMRC for meeting the gap in their operating finances, my government is willing to bear half the grant if only a matching grant is provided by the Central Government", Kejriwal said in his letter to Puri. "Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable", PTI quoted Puri as saying in the letter.

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In response to the letter written by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking the central government to put proposed hike in metro fares on hold, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri stated that the metro act does not allow centre to intervene, however, a new Fare Fixation Committee could be formed if the Delhi government agrees to pay over Rs 3000 crore every year to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

"The chief minister directed the chief secretary to apprise the DMRC Board about the notice for convening an emergency DMRC Board meeting, on the demand of the Delhi government", the statement said. As you know, the Central Government and the Delhi Government are 50:50 owners of the DMRC and its equity has been shared in this proportion all along. The second proposed Metro fare hike has become a bone of contention between the Delhi Government and the Central Government as Kejriwal has termed it "anti-people". Thereafter, a Fare Fixation Committee can be constituted.

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DMRC's own data shows that the fare hike in May resulted in a decrease in ridership by 5% in the month of June 2017, while in the same month in the last two years the ridership had gone up by 8 and 9% respectively.

From October 10, for a distance of up to two kilometres, the fare will remain Rs 10, but for a distance between two and five kilometres, it will go up from Rs 15 to Rs 20. "However, till that happens, let the spirit of partnership prevail and I do hope that you will and a mutually acceptable solution to the present impasse relating to the second fare hike which we clearly regard as anti-people", the letter said. Sources in the Delhi government said the CM has offered to bear half the grant for three months on a short-term basis so that another fare fixation committee (FFC) could be set up to recommend fresh fares. For the subsequent slabs, it will go up by Rs10 each, which means the maximum fare will be Rs60.

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