Metro fare hike: Minister warns DMRC chief of action

Marsha Scott
October 10, 2017

Earlier, Kejriwal had written to the housing and urban affairs ministry to issue a direction to DMRC to put on hold the proposed hike in fares, as recommended by the 4th Fare Fixation Committee (FFC).

Referring the Section 86 of the DMRC Act, Delhi CM said that it was the Central government which had set up the fourth FFC after a span of seven years. Operational losses are the sole responsibility of state governments.

The Centre has informed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that the Metro-Act does not allow it to put on hold the proposed hike in Delhi Metro fares, media reported on Saturday.

He said that as per Section 37 of the Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, recommendations of the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) are "binding and sacrosanct and the central government cannot interfere in the matter of metro fares".

The new DMRC fares will be effective from October 10. So let an assessment over this to be made of the financial gap likely to be created on account of the postponement of the second fare hike and we will be able to bear half of it.

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He added that since the Centre bears 100% loss for the Kolkata Metro, he saw no difficulty if it bears 50% in the case of Delhi Metro. On May 8, the DMRC board had approved the recommendation of the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) that the fare be increased in two rounds. We are confident that we will be able to fund DMRC by improving the efficiency rather than effecting steep fare hikes and provide an affordable means of transport to the people of Delhi.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also warned of protests if the DMRC remains adamant on increasing fares.

The revised fare structure will be 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. Nobody otherwise would like to hike fares, DMRC spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Starting Tuesday, Delhi Metro rides will become costlier by a maximum of Rs 10 for those travelling over two kilometres in the city.

On Thursday, Gahlot had asked Chief Secretary M.M. Kutty to call a meeting of all Delhi government-nominated Directors on the DMRC Board.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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