Second metro fare hike in year is against law, says Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Oct 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that Delhi Metro’s proposed fare hike, the second in a year  is against the law and appealed the centre to put the hike on hold.

Kejriwal asserted the increase in fares will be clear violation of the Fare Fixation Committee’s (FFC) recommendation which states that “there shall be a gap of at least one year between two fare hikes”, an official statement from the Chief Minister’s office said.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has claimed it follows recommendations of the FFC on fare hike, but by ignoring the time gap between two fare hikes the FFC recommendations are being “selectively implemented” by DMRC, it added.

“Delhi government has never interfered in functioning of DMRC, but when it comes to commuters who would face problems, then it can’t remain quite, ,” Kejriwal said.

“Delhi government appeals to the central government to invoke its powers under Section 86 of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002 to put on hold any fare hike till the entire matter is reviewed jointly by the central and Delhi governments,” the statement read.

However , new fares are slated to be implemented  from October 10 for second time in a year.

The last increase was in May when the minimum fare climbed from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

DMRC and the AAP-led Delhi government are witnessing tussle over fare hike for the past one week.

On Saturday, Kejriwal urged Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri to direct DMRC to withhold the fair hike and following this, yesterday he called for an independent audit of the DMRC’s accounts.

Wefornews Bureau 

 

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