Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a letter to Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has termed the proposed Delhi Metro fare hike as “anti- people”. The revised fares are to be implemented in less than a weeks time now and this step by the Delhi CM has been taken to prevent it. Metro rides are set to get more expensive from October as the fares are scheduled to increase for the second time this year. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal has displayed his resentment towards the step of revising Metro fare. He wrote, “The Metro fare hike is anti-people. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has been directed to find a solution to prevent a hike in metro fares within a week.”
In the letter addressed to the Transport Minister, Delhi CM wrote, “Fare Hike by Metro is unbearable for a common man.” He further added, ” How could the Fare Fixation Committee set up by the Central Government take such a decision? Delhi Government was completely against any hike in metro fares. Was Delhi Government’s stand considered by the Fare Fixation Committee? Transport Minister should enquire and also examine as to what steps should Delhi Government take to get this rolled back?
I have also requested Shri Gajendra Haldia Ji, Member DDC to assist Transport Minister in the matter.
Please submit a report within a week.
In the meanwhile, Delhi Metro should be directed to put on hold any further hike till Delhi government completes its enquiry and forms an opinion on this subject.”
Read full letter here|
A senior government official said the chief minister was not happy with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) move to increase the fares. “The transport minister can also summon DMRC chief Mangu Singh over the issue if needed…The government will try not to allow Metro to increase its fares,” the official also said.
Here is a tweet by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot|
In Public Interest my directive to DMRC. pic.twitter.com/iudM8BhOY8
— Kailash Gahlot (@kgahlot) September 28, 2017
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to kick in the second phase of its fare hike from October 1. While the first phase of the hike took place in the month of May earlier this year when DMRC had revised its fares with effect from May 10. The second phase will kick in from October 1, but the hike will be implemented from October 3 as October 1 is Sunday and October 2 is Gandhi Jayanti that is a national holiday. The discounted metro fare that will be provided under the latest hike that will remain Rs 10 for the first 5 km, but will be increased by Rs 10 subsequently in each slab, going up to a maximum of Rs 50. Once the revised rates kick in, commuters 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 more than 32 kms.