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Call emergency meeting of Delhi Metro board, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government has been opposing the hike announced by the DMRC, saying that it will burden the commuters, bring down ridership and increase traffic load on the roads.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 4, 2017 1:46 am

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed the Chief Secretary, who is a member of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Board, to call for an emergency meeting of the body to discuss the Metro fare hike.

The Delhi government has been opposing the hike announced by the DMRC, saying that it will burden the commuters, bring down ridership and increase traffic load on the roads.

According to figures released by the DMRC earlier this year, ridership figures had dipped in June and August as compared to previous years following the implementation of first phase of the two-phase hike in May.

The 16-member DMRC Board has three Delhi government representatives: Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Finance) and Transport Secretary.

If the hike is effected, the fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 10. After the hike in May, the fare slab for journeys beyond 32 kilometres was changed to Rs 50. This will become Rs 60 if the second phase of the hike is implemented.

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