October 20, 2017

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

11 October 2017, 12:53 | Silvia Roy

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has defended the fare hike saying it was needed to “maintain a world-class service”

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has defended the fare hike saying it was needed to “maintain a world-class service”

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

Citing safety concerns, the DCW report said that approximately 68.68% of those who polled had said that because of the fare hike, they would be forced to travel in other means of transport which would definitely not be as safe as the Metro. "But today I ended up paying Rs 45 which is Rs 13 more", Ranjan told IANS.

"It (fare) has nearly doubled". Arvind Tripathi (28), who works for a Japanese firm, said: "I paid Rs 60 today from Bata Chowk to Rajiv Chowk".

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Another commuter, Sushant, a theatre artist, was also unhappy.

Even as the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student wing affiliated to the RSS, took its objections to the DMRC's doorstep, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Delhi Congress charted out separate plans to protest the controversial move on Wednesday.

The Delhi Assembly passed a resolution to form a nine- member committee to look into the "rationale and logic" behind the fare hike and also into the financial health of DMRC.

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He said the AAP will launch a "satyagraha" to demand a rollback and protest outside all Metro stations tomorrow and will gherao Nirman Bhawan, the office of the Union Urban Development Ministry, on Thursday.

"Around 61.57% of the women stated that they would face severe issues in managing their household expenses after the fare hike" said the commission.

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.

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The Delhi Metro fare hike evoked a mixed response from commuters in the national capital on Tuesday, even as the ABVPagitated against the "anti-people measure" outside the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) headquarters.

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