Delhi Assembly constitutes committee to look into rationale behind metro fare hike

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It is learnt that the Metro board of directors had repeatedly turned down the request of the DMRC the proposal to increase the fare.There will be no increase in fare of Airport Express Link.

Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the Delhi Government that it would need to pay Rs3, 000 crore annually for five years if it wanted to stop the metro fare hike. During the agitation dubbed "Metro Kiraya Satyagraha", party volunteers blamed the Centre and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for increasing the fares despite the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government's opposition.

In a sarcastically-worded reply to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday, the Chief Minister called the fare hike a "Diwali gift for the people of Delhi duly wrapped in your. letter". "The "fight" between the Delhi Government and the Center is going to put a big question mark on the future of the Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation", Maken said. He also surmised that the current hike exceeded the rate of inflation - one of the causes of increase in income and price of goods and services. "And now we have to pay almost double the fares in metro if we count both the hikes implemented in six months", he said.The Delhi Metro fares were increased from Tuesday despite strong opposition from the AAP government.

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The Centre has defended the DMRC's decision to hike fares on the recommendation of the Fare Fixation Committee.

After finalisation of the Delhi metro fare hike decision on Monday, the revised fare structure now is: up to 2 kms - Rs 10, 2-5 kms - Rs 20, 5-12 kms - Rs 30, 12-21 kms - Rs 40, 21-32 kms - Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 kms - Rs 60. To this, the commission chief said, "At a time when six rapes and several cases of eve-teasing and harassment are reported each day, the metro fare hike has forced women to go back to less safer modes of transportation".

The ruling AAP is vociferously opposing the proposed fare hike that has come into effect from Tuesday.

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