New Delhi, Oct 12: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday sought for an independent inquiry into Delhi Metro’s decision to increase fares and raised questions about the latter’s accountability.
In a letter to the Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep S. Puri, Kejriwal said “The organisation, management, control and accountability of DMRC suffers from several serious flaws and the rationalisation and restructuring of DMRC seems an imminent necessity.”
He also demanded Centre for constituting an “independent Expert Group” acceptable to both state and central government to look into several questions he has raised about the recent fare hike decision.
The Delhi CM highlighted about the latest hike which was of over 100 per cent and that he had not seen such a steep hike in any public service, be it transport or electricity or water.
“One would have expected that on account of rapidly rising ridership, efficiency improvements and real estate exploitation, metro fares in real terms should have remained constant, if not reduced,” he asserted.
In response to Kejriwal’s last letter to put hold on proposed hike in metro fares, the central government said the Metro Act doesn’t allow it to intervene.
Apart from this, the centre also stated that a fresh Fare Fixation Committee could be formed if the AAP-led state government agrees to pay over Rs. 3000 crore every year to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is a joint venture of the Centre and State with 50:50 stake. Flagging concern, the Delhi State Government has been asking DMRC to hold the second phase of fare hike which will be effective from October 10.