1. Centre explains why Arvind Kejriwal government can’t put Delhi Metro fare hike on hold

Centre explains why Arvind Kejriwal government can’t put Delhi Metro fare hike on hold

Delhi Metro fare hike row: The Centre, however, said a fresh committee to fix fares could be considered if the Delhi government agrees to provide over Rs 3,000 crore every year to DMRC.

By: | Published: October 7, 2017 7:46 PM
Delhi metro fare hike, delhi metro, DMRC, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Centre It’s a major development in Delhi Metro fare hike row. (PTI photo)

In a major development in Delhi Metro fare hike row, the Centre has informed the Delhi government that the Metro Act does not allow it to put on hold the hike in fares which will be effective from October 10, a source said, as per a report in PTI. The Centre, however, said a fresh committee to fix fares could be considered if the Delhi government agrees to provide over Rs 3,000 crore every year to DMRC, said the source, quoting a letter sent yesterday by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, as per PTI.  The source said Puri suggested such a provision since operational loss is the responsibility of the state government as per the metro guidelines.

Kejriwal had written to the Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Ministry to issue a direction to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to put on hold the proposed hike in fares, as recommended by 4th Fare Fixation Committee (FCC).

In response, the source said, Puri in a letter to the chief minister yesterday said, “Your suggestion that this ministry direct that the fare increase be kept on hold overlooks the fact the central government does not have any such authority. Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable.” The source said Puri also annexed with his letter a written response from DMRC which said “The Committee’s (FFC) recommendations are binding on the Metro Rail Administrations as per provisions of Section-37 of this Act (Metro Act). “Neither the Central Government nor the State Government or even the Board of the Company has legal power to change the recommendations made by the FFC.”

Fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 10 after the latest hike comes into effect. The existing fare structure is: up to 2 kms — Rs 10, 2-5 kms — Rs 15, 5-12 kms — Rs 20, 12-21 kms — Rs 30, 21-32 kms — Rs 40 and for journeys beyond 32 kms — Rs 50.

  1. Samar Tewari
    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm
    If metro rail is meant for transportation of common and daily working people why both the centre and centre should equally share the burden of operational loss of metro thereby avoiding fare hikes atleast for the time being till alternative methods are emerged in increasing its revenue and at the same time it should impose austerity on wasteful expenditures.
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      Surya Kant
      Oct 8, 2017 at 10:14 am
      If given to him, he will ruin Delhi Metro also like he ruined DTC
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        anonymous
        Oct 8, 2017 at 4:15 am
        This raises a vital question for which the answer is givem by Centre itself. Is Centre working for the common people or money in order for them to ask Rs.3000 Cr. The question is best answered by the people of India. Taking revenge against a Govt is something that has been in the forefront and Centre thinks people of India dont understand.
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          srm
          Oct 8, 2017 at 11:32 am
          Your comment is without any sense, if you think just because of many people are fooled by the philosophy of free or cheap facilities, do you think it will run successfully. That is what one philosopher has said the modern education is also of no use, since it is without character and values. You are the same people who relocate to advanced countries and there ready to pay high price for all modern facilities like metro, bullet train neat and cleanliness and other infrastructure facilities but when in India make huge noise of price rice and stop any reform or development if any good visionary leader like Modi try's to bring. Really a jeopardy.
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          Palengri
          Oct 7, 2017 at 9:51 pm
          Please hand over DMRC to Kejriwal and let us whether he will run it or stop it.
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          1. Mahesh Naik Mahesh Naik
            Oct 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm
            Being a IIT stamped bania he will convert it to ready cash and scoot.
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