Maken urges AAP, BJP to stop ugly politicking on Metro fare hike

Posted October 10, 2017

He pointed out that the hike in Metro fares comes to "less than 7 per cent per year, considering the gap of about eight years".

Referring the Section 86 of the DMRC Act, Delhi CM said that it was the Central government which had set up the fourth FFC after a span of seven years.

The Centre on Saturday told Arvind Kejriwal government that the Delhi Metro fare hike can't be put on hold as it would be against the Metro Act.

He said that as per Section 37 of the Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, recommendations of the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) are "binding and sacrosanct and the central government cannot interfere in the matter of metro fares".

From 10 October, for a distance of up to 2 kilometres, the fare will remain Rs10, but for a distance between two and five kilometres, it will go up from Rs15 to Rs20.

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The DMRC was formed in 1995 with equal equity participation of the Central government and the government of NCT of Delhi.

The resolution moved on Wednesday by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot urged the Union Urban Development Ministry to "quickly and actively intervene" so that the proposed "unlawful and anti-people fare hike" be reversed in the interest of common people and the environment.

He also said that the Delhi goverment was ready to take over the DMRC.

Kejriwal has deemed this decision as "anti-people" and said his government is opposed to such a steep fare hike.

Puri also said that the new Metro Rail Policy "in respect of 50:50 joint venture metro projects as is the case of DMRC, does not envisage metro operations either by the state or central governments". However, Centre should provide the other half of the funds. 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. This, incidentally, is the second instance of a fare hike this year. 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. For the subsequent slabs, it will go up by Rs10 each, which means the maximum fare will be Rs60.