NSUI protests against Metro fare hike at Vishwavidyalya Metro Station

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2017

Kejriwal, through his letter, also informed the central government to his government's readiness to take over DMRC if it wants.

"My government is willing to bear half the grant if only a matching grant is provided by the Centre".

"The central and state governments are not meant to run metros in case of 50:50 joint venture metro projects like DMRC. Nothing major. The case will be dealt with by the Metro Police since it is a law and order issue", an official of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) told IANS. The NSUI activists have demanded that the proposed fare hike should be rolled back.

"From the recent developments, it is becoming evident that the relationship is not one of equal partners since what the Delhi government proposes is often summarily disposed by the Cental government".

He hoped that the spirit of partnership would continue to prevail and a mutually acceptable solution would be found.

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Gahlot went on to add that "If at any point it is felt by the government of NCT of Delhi that its views are not being presented in the right perspective, the government shall be constrained to act as per the prevalent and applicable rules and regulations".

The new DMRC fares will be effective from October 10. On our part, we have already instructed our nominee Directors to call for an emergency meeting of the DMRC Board and seek postponement of the proposed hike. However, the board rejected the Delhi government's stand by citing Section 37 of the Metro Railways (Operations and Maintenance) Act-2002 - which states that the FFC's recommendations are "binding", "sacrosanct" and not subject to the Centre's intervention.

Kejriwal has deemed this decision as "anti-people" and said his government is opposed to such a steep fare hike. "Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable", PTI quoted Puri as saying in the letter. Once the fares are further increased, people will have to pay Rs 10 for 0-2 kms, Rs 20 for 2-5 kms, Rs 30 for 5-12 kms, Rs 40 for 12-21 kms, Rs 50 for 21-32 kms and Rs 60 for travelling more than 32 kms.

Starting Tuesday, Delhi Metro rides will become costlier by a maximum of Rs 10 for those travelling over two kilometres in the city.

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