Monday, 23 October, 2017

'Set up expert group to review Metro fares'

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Patty Aguilar | 13 October, 2017, 08:23

It is learnt that the Metro board of directors had repeatedly turned down the request of the DMRC the proposal to increase the fare.There will be no increase in fare of Airport Express Link.

Accusing the Centre of "discriminating" against Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday asked the Union government to set up an "independent expert group" to review the decision to hike Metro fares that came into effect on Tuesday.

Kejriwal wrote to Hardeep Singh Puri, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister of State (independent charge), asking for the establishing of an expert group independent of the Delhi and Central governments to look into the concerns raised by the AAP government.

The party has modified a bus as a "Save Metro Rath".

The Delhi unit of the Congress party has chose to stage protests outside metro stations in the city tomorrow against the recent increase in its fare. "The "fight" between the Delhi Government and the Center is going to put a big question mark on the future of the Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation", Maken said.

The new fare that became effective earlier this month was the second hike this year.

The Centre has defended the DMRC's decision to hike fares on the recommendation of the Fare Fixation Committee.

He also said that the three-way partnership between Centre, Delhi government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was a "facade" which is being used by the corporation for scoring large funding from the Delhi government.

Interestingly, when the Delhi Metro had started its operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs 4 and maximum was Rs 8. "It shows both did not do their homework". Carrying placards and shouting anti-BJP slogans, the protestors - men and women of all ages - demanded an immediate rollback of the hike."I commute by metro every day". The revised fare structure is: up to 2 km - Rs 10, 2 to 5 km - Rs 20, 5 to 12 km - Rs 30, 12 to 21 km - Rs 40, 21 to 32 km - Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km - Rs 60.

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