Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called the equal partnership in the Delhi Metro between the Delhi government and the Centre a ” facade”. He said this in a letter a letter addressed to MoS Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri. Kejriwal also said that the partner was meant for obtaining “large contributions of funding” from the Delhi government. He urged the formation of an “independent expert group”, acceptable to both the Centre and the state, The Indian Express reported.
In the letter Kejriwal wrote, ” This entire episode demonstrates that while the Delhi government and central government are equal partners in the DMRC, the Delhi government has virtually no say in its management. Moreover, DMRC is in no way accountable to the Delhi government, nor does it pay any heed to our directions. Evidently, the said partnership is only a facade that is being used for obtaining large contributions of funding from the Delhi government.”
Kejriwal also added that the arguement operational losses must be borne “solely by the Delhi government” established “absurdity of the prevailing arrangements where all losses are required to be borne by the Delhi government even though it has no say whatsoever in the management of DMRC.” He said, “We are not opposed to fare revisions per se.” Kejriwal said that the metro fares should be hiked only to the extent necessary since it affects a large number of people.