'Diwali Gift': Arvind Kejriwal's Letter Jabs Centre On Metro Fare Hike

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The Chief Minister, who had offered to bear half the losses that the metro incurs till a relook is taken at the fare hike, also called for restructuring the management structure of the Delhi Metro.

Earlier, union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to pay up about Rs 3,000 crore annually for five years to DMRC, if it wants to continue low fares.

The Delhi unit of the Congress party has made a decision to stage protests outside Metro stations in the city on Friday against the recent increase in its fare.

Notably, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation hiked the fare of Delhi Metro services on Monday to reportedly meet the input costs and to keep providing world class services to the passengers.

He asked for the setting up of an "independent Expert Group" acceptable to both state and central government to look into several questions he has raised about the recent fare hike decision.

He added that the contention that operational losses must be borne "solely by the Delhi government" established "absurdity of the prevailing arrangements where all losses are required to be borne by the Delhi government even though it has no say whatsoever in the management of DMRC". "But fare hikes be allowed only to the extent necessary since they affect a vast majority of our people", he added.

In the letter, Kejriwal said the latest hike was of over 100 per cent and that he had not seen such a steep hike in any public service, be it transport or electricity or water. In Delhi, the metro fares were increased last time in 2009. "It demonstrates a complete lack of compassion for the common man", Mr Kejriwal said.

The FFC for Delhi Metro fare hikes was set up in June past year and submitted its report in September recommending a staggering hike. The fares had gone up in May as well.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken launched the "Save Metro Rath" today that will start from Akshardham station in east Delhi.