Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Swaraj India demands roll back of Metro fare; blame BJP, AAP collusion

Swaraj India demands roll back of Metro fare; blame BJP, AAP collusion

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.

I was against this Metro fare hike but I was shocked when I got to hear that the AAP itself agreed on this decision in the meeting. "This would really stress me", Bhadouria said, adding she might switch to her vehicle since "the cost difference would not be much now".

The move to raise Delhi Metro ticket prices came five months within the last one, and has affected commuters travelling beyond five km.

For example, Ravi Ranjan, who travels daily between Malviya Nagar and Noida Sector 16, used to pay Rs 32 for one-way ride.

"The hike is not fair. Till yesterday, I was charged Rs 27 and today I shelled out Rs 40 for the same distance", he said.

Another commuter, Sushant, a theatre artist, was also unhappy. However, the DMRC went ahead with the fare hike despite severe opposition from the state government, it said.

There are better ways of implementing fare hikes and the most common one is done gradually over a period of time.

Further the party stated that both Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is just playing politics and trying to befool people by protesting, as they were in the decision making process since the beginning.

Gopal Rai, a senior AAP leader said that AAP volunteers would launch the agitation across all city Metro stations at 4 PM on Wednesday and the protests will continue on Thursday and Friday.

On Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had also called the fare hike a "conspiracy" to benefit cab aggregators.

Asked how this was possible, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said the cabs provide point to point connectivity while Metro commuters hire cycle rickshaws or auto rickshaws to and from Metro stations.

Unlike other public transport utilities and Metros around the world, Delhi Metro raised two-thirds of the cost through a loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and is committed to paying about Rs 1100 crore annually to the corporation.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the RSS-student wing, staged a demonstration outside the Metro Bhawan here, demanding the roll back of the hike or the issuance of a metro pass on lines of DTC bus pass for students.

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