Kejriwal demands independent inquiry into metro fare hike

Leslie Hanson
October 13, 2017

Addressing the gathering, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said that the protest will be continued at various metro stations across Delhi to expose Kejriwal Government on the fare hike.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday staged demonstrations outside metro stations across Delhi demanding a rollback of the hike in fares.

Maken said, "This street fight between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will scare away the JBIC (Japanese Loan Agency), which provides loan for the construction of the new phases of the metro".

As part of the two-phase revision of Metro fares, recommended by the Fare Fixation Committee, the fare would remain Rs 10 for the first five km, but will subsequently increase by Rs 10 in each slab, going up to a maximum of Rs 60.

Last week, Mr. Kejriwal had asked Mr. Puri to hold off the hike for some time, suggesting that the Delhi government and the Centre bear the losses equally.

Referring to Puri's contention that metro's operational losses must be borne "solely by the Delhi government", Kejriwal said it only establishes the "absurdity" of the prevailing arrangements.

The Chief Minister said it wasn't that his government was against fare hikes but it should be allowed "only to the extent necessary". Between 2 and 5 kms, the fare will be hiked by Rs 5 (from Rs 15 to Rs 20). This means that Delhi commuters have to pay 100 per cent more than what they were paying till May this year.

He said that when both were against the hike in Metro fare then who took the decision.

Referring to that, Mr. Kejriwal wrote: "This is truly a unusual proposition". The fares had gone up in May as well. Their target for the attack, however, depended on their politics.

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.

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