Day after Metro fare hike, AAP protests outside stations

On Monday, after a two-hour meeting, the DMRC confirmed it would go ahead with the second phase of the hike, in which ticket prices have gone up by a maximum Rs 10.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 12, 2017 2:01 am

AAP, aam aadmi, AAP Protest, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Metro, Delhi Metro fare revision, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi government, Delhi metro prices, DMRC, Delhi news, Indian ExpressA day after the second phase of Delhi Metro fare hike was implemented, protests against the move continued in the city. Members of the AAP gathered at 69 stations, with AAP Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai spearheading the protest outside Vishwavidyalaya Metro station.

Calling it ‘Kiraya Satyagraha’, Rai said, “Despite the opposition by the Delhi government and CM Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the central government went ahead with the fare hike. The people of Delhi are very angry about it as it affects the monthly budgets of those who live in the city.”

Meanwhile, CM Arvind Kejriwal wrote to chief secretary MM Kutty and asked him to direct the Delhi Dialogue Commission to examine issues pertaining to the “steep hike in Metro fares”. A two-week slugfest had ensued between the AAP, DMRC and the central government regarding the hike, with the DMRC clarifying that it “cannot interfere in the decision made by the 4th Fare Fixation Committee.”

On Monday, after a two-hour meeting, the DMRC confirmed it would go ahead with the second phase of the hike, in which ticket prices have gone up by a maximum Rs 10. “The Delhi government was willing to pay Rs 1,500 crore a year but the Centre wasn’t ready to pay its half… which is why the fare hike has happened,” Rai alleged.

On October 13, AAP members will protest outside the Ministry of Urban Development in Nirman Bhawan.
The Delhi Metro Commuters’ Association also held a protest outside the Ministry of Urban Development. “We demand that a review committee be set up, which also has commuters on board… till the report is out, there should be a rollback of fare to what it was before the first phase, which was implemented in May,” said Sachin Singh Bhandari, convener, DMCA.

The Delhi BJP too “sought relief” from the Urban Development Minister and said a request was made “to review the new fare”.

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    Pali reen
    Oct 12, 2017 at 11:20 am
    The hurried manner in which the Metro fares have been hiked raises many eyebrows. First, if the Metro is incurring a loss it would be reflected in its balance sheet that could be offset by either an increase in ridership or a notional increase in fare. So, how does the govt. of the day arrive at a figure of Rs.3000/- crore loss? There could only be two reasons for it. First, the Metro recently did away with manual ticketing and introduced automatic vending machines. These machines can only take notes of Rs.10/-, 20/-and 50/- only. Since there are no more 1, 2 and 5 rupee notes in circulation, the machines cannot operate on any intermediate fares. Hence, all the new fares are multiples of Rs.10/-. Second, the Metro was originally designed to ease the vehicle traffic on the roads, with the car users moving into it. This did not happen but the lower income group upgraded itself from the buses into the Metro. The result was overcrowding of the Metros. The only way to reduce the ridership