Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Government should pay half funs for the Delhi metro - kejiriwal

Delhi Metro fare hike can't be put on hold Centre tells Arvind Kejriwal Delhi Metro fare hike can't be put on hold Centre tells Arvind Kejriwal
Christy Curtis | 10 October, 2017, 02:02

Four days ahead of the scheduled Metro fare hike, the Delhi government on Friday warned the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief, Mangu Singh, of strict action if it went ahead with the proposed increase in ticket prices.

"If the Central Government agrees, the Delhi Government would be willing to take over the DMRC".

After the Delhi Metro proposed a major hike in fares, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal indicated that he did not support this move.

Citing the example of Kolkata Metro, Kejriwal said as the central government bears 100% of loss for it; bearing 50% loss in case of Delhi doesn't seem hard.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken announced that the party would start a "Stop Politics, Save Metro" agitation from Wednesday if the City government and the Centre do not end the "street fight" kind of politics on the issue.

Not only this, but Kejriwal also said that from the recent developments, it is evident that the relationship is not one of equal partners since what the Delhi Government proposals are often disposed by the Centre.

Kejriwal's letter, dated October 8, further 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".

He hoped that the spirit of partnership would continue to prevail and a mutually acceptable solution would be found.

Board has three Delhi government representatives: the chief secretary, principal secretary (finance) and the transport secretary. However, Centre should provide the other half of the funds. On our part, we have already instructed our nominee Directors to call for an emergency meeting of the DMRC Board and seek postponement of the proposed hike. "Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable", PTI quoted Puri as saying in the letter.

"Neither the central government nor the state government, or even the board of the company, has legal power to change the recommendations made by the FFC", Puri's letter read. "NSUI Delhi president Akshay along with two other activists stopped the metro due to the unjustified fare hike". The existing fare structure is: up to 2 kms - Rs 10, 2-5 kms - Rs 15, 5-12 kms - Rs 20, 12-21 kms - Rs 30, 21-32 kms - Rs 40 and for journeys beyond 32 kms - Rs 50.

The AAP has also warned of protests if the DMRC remains adamant at increasing the fares.

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