Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Delhi Assembly Passes Resolution Against Metro Fare Hike, DMRC Calls Emergency Meeting

Delhi Assembly Passes Resolution Against Metro Fare Hike, DMRC Calls Emergency Meeting

Managing Director Mangu Singh that the government would take action against him if he goes ahead with the proposed Metro fare hike.

Last week, the urban development ministry had said it will "examine the issues" raised by Kejriwal over the proposed fare hike by the Delhi Metro.

However, Hardeep Singh Puri did not completely ruled out the halt in the fare hike, saying that a new FFC could be set up, but only if Delhi government agrees to pay Rs 3,000 annually.

Puri wrote this in response to Kejriwal's letter dated September 29 where he had put the onus on the central government to withhold any increase in metro fares.

The Centre's Narendra Modi government has told Delhi's Arvind Kejriwal government that it could consider reviewing hike in Metro fares if the latter agreed to pay over Rs 3,000 crore every year to DMRC.

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".

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

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

"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.

He further said that the city government was confident that it would be able to fund the DMRC by improving its efficiency rather than effecting steep fare hikes. "Let an assessment of the financial gap likely to be created on account of postponement of the second fare hike and we will be able to bear half of it".

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had expressed his opposition to the proposed hike in two missives to Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, openly disapproved of the board's decision.

On October 2, Kejriwal had called for an independent audit of the DMRC when he also asked for the fare revision to be put on hold till the exercise is completed. The minimum fare will be Rs 10 and the maximum would be Rs 60.

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