1. As expensive Delhi Metro drives commuters away, Arvind Kejriwal promises this big solution

As expensive Delhi Metro drives commuters away, Arvind Kejriwal promises this big solution

The big promise from the chief minister came amid reports that more than 3,00,000 Delhiites have shunned Metro as their mode of commutation since the last train hike.

By: | Updated: November 24, 2017 8:35 PM
 Delhi Metro, Arvind Kejriwal, Arvind Kejriwal delhi metro, Delhi Metro fare hike, Delhi Metro cng buses, buses in delhi, Delhi Metro Kejriwal Kejriwal said there is no reporting on the fare hike issue even after reports that Metro is losing its passengers.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday promised to launch more than 2,000 buses in the national capital within one year. The big promise from the chief minister came amid reports that more than 3,00,000 Delhiites have shunned Metro as their mode of commutation since the last train hike. Kejriwal, who was attending the launch of social media strategist Ankit Lal’s book ‘India Social’, said there is no reporting on the fare hike issue even after reports that Metro is losing its passengers. He said that launch of new buses was earlier delayed due to space issues. Speaking on the issue of smog, the chief minister held stubble burning in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana as the main reason. He added that farmers should be incentivised in order to curb stubble burning. Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had said that recent metro fare hike has not benefited anyone. Kejriwal, who along with his Aam Aadmi Party, had opposed the fare hike, said that many passengers have taken to other means of transport. He said that the situation has led to increased pollution and congestion on the city’s roads.  “That many passengers have taken to other means of transport, thus increasing pollution and congestion on roads. Metro fare hike has not benefited anyone,” Kejriwal tweeted.  Last month, the chief minister had termed metro fare hike “anti- people”.

AAP dominated Delhi Assembly had also passed a resolution to oppose the fare increase by the Delhi Metro Corporation. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, had alleged that it was a “conspiracy” to benefit private cab companies. As per an RTI query by a PTI correspondent, metro’s daily average ridership came down to 24.2 lakh in October from 27.4 lakh in September, a fall of around 11 per cent. In surprising turn, the Blue Line, considered the metro’s busiest, lost over 30 lakh commuters, according to data shared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in response to an RTI query.

The Blue line connects Dwarka region, Noida and Vaishali. This particular line covers 50 kms. The Delhi Metro, considered as lifeline of commutation, currently has 218-km network across Delhi-NCR.

Whereas in Metro’s Yellow Line, the ridership was about 19 lakh. This line is another busy part of the Delhi Metro which connects Gurgaon to north Delhi’s Samaypur Badli. As per some reports, the ridership has come down with several notches below the numbers observed in recent years.

  1. Lalit Das
    Nov 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    I am a frequent user of Metro. Before the price hike I would see scores of young boys and girls often sitting on floor, studying their text bookss and professional manuals taking notes. In them I saw a resurging India. Future growth of India's GDP and per capita income. This aspiring young crowd has disappeared. Makes me sad. Our callous, high handed arrogant decision making is leading nowhere except backwards. We need more caring decision makers. Decision makers who care for the new India dream. Not the official variety. The real dream that leaves in the hearts of young hard working boys and girls. Not the trollers
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    1. Satender Kumar Arora
      Nov 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm
      As usual he is blaming others for everything. For smog, he is blaming neighboring states. For reduction in metro ridership he is blaming DMRC and accusing that it has benefited private transporters. He does not want to shoulder any sort of responsibility. He is not saying that his Government has not done anything for controlling pollution.He is not saying that he has not added further buses as per requirement and that rate hike in DMRC was the requirement for its maintenance and meeting increasing expenses and repayment.. He is not saying that ridership during October reduced because of long festival holidays and to some extent shifting of passengers to other economic mode of transport. But it is not understood as to how shifting of some passengers to other economic mode of transport will benefit the private transporters.
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