Pay Rs 3000 crore to avoid metro fare hike: Centre to Kejriwal

Delhi Metro fare hike can't be put on hold Centre tells Arvind Kejriwal

While the Delhi government is yet to respond to the Centre's letter on the Metro fare hike, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written to Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri saying that the steep hike would force women travellers to go for less safe modes of transportation. The CM also said till that happens, let the spirit of partnership prevail.

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday offered to take over Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to improve its "efficiency".

"Since the Central Government bears 100 per cent of loss for Kolkata Metro, I see no difficulty if it bears 50 per cent in case of Delhi". As you know, the Central Government and the Delhi Government are 50:50 owners of the DMRC and its equity has been shared in this proportion all along.

The DMRC during the discussions and in their written response to the Ministry asserted that "TheCommittee's (FFC) recommendations are binding on the Metro Rail Administrations as perprovisions of Section-37 of this Act (Metro Act). Thereafter, an FFC (Fare Fixation Committee) can be constituted, as suggested by you". The response comes after Kejriwal's remark that the Metro fare increase was "unacceptable".


The Delhi Metro's minimum fare was hiked from Rs 8 to Rs 10, and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50 in May this year. "It is the view of the commission that before imposing a steep fare hike on the ordinary citizens of Delhi, all efforts and avenues of generating non-fare revenue as well as seeking revenue support from the Centre/state should have been exhausted". Centre tells AAP if they want hike to go, must compensate Metro for lossesThe Delhi government has refused to back down on the fare hike issue with the state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot remarking to the media that his government would sack Delhi Metro chief Mangu Singh if the hike was not put on hold.

DMRC chief Mangu Singh also met Kejriwal at his residence. IANS further reported that the letter also said that an assessment should also be made of the financial gap likely to be created on account of the postponement of the second fare hike.

From 10 October, for a distance of up to 2 kilometres, the fare will remain Rs10, but for a distance between two and five kilometres, it will go up from Rs15 to Rs20. Kejriwal said private power distribution companies in the Capital had earlier shown fake losses to justify a tariff hike.

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