Minister warns DMRC chief of action — Metro fare hike

Minister warns DMRC chief of action — Metro fare hike

Minister warns DMRC chief of action — Metro fare hike

The last revision of fares were done in 2009.

Taking the cognizance of the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's request against the Delhi Metro fare hike, the Central Government has that it has no jurisdiction to hold the proposed Metro fare hike unless, the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) agrees to pay Rs 3,000 crore annually to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

In a statement, the Delhi government said that another fare hike, within five months of the previous one, will act as a burden on commuters and bring down ridership.

Puri said that Centre can not legally chalk off the fare hike in Delhi Metro as proposed by fare fixation committee (FFC), the panel set up to review the ticket price.

According to the Newspaper, The government official also pointed out that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was an autonomous body and added that the city government does not have the power to put the Metro fare hike on hold or decide on the fares, except for recommending the same to the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC)."The fares are decided by the FFC which has judges from the High Court on its panel as well.The Delhi government can give its observations/recommendations, but these are not binding on the Metro or the Centre in any way. Thereafter, an FFC (Fare Fixation Committee) can be constituted, as suggested by you".

"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".

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On Thursday, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot had said that his government could revoke Delhi metro chief Mangu Singh's appointment if fares were increased on October 10, media reported. Sources in the Delhi government said the CM offered to provide on a short-term basis half the funds the DMRC needed to meet the gap in its finances.

His letter said, "As you know, the central government and Delhi Government are 50-50 owners of DMRC and its equity etc. have been shared in this proportion all along".

Mr. Puri wrote this in response to Mr. Kejriwal's letter of September 29 where he put the onus on the Central government to withhold any increase in metro fares. The fares were revised in May and therefore any increase now violates this decision.

"Let an assessment be made of the financial gap likely to be created on account of postponement of the second fare hike and we will be able to bear half of it", he said. The existing fare structure is: up to 2 km - Rs 10, 2-5 km - Rs 15, 5-12 km - Rs 20, 12-21 km - Rs 30, 21-32 km - Rs 40 and for journeys beyond 32 kms - Rs 50.

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.

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