Delhi Assembly constitutes committee to look into rationale behind metro fare hike

A large number of daily commuters in Delhi metro are women

A large number of daily commuters in Delhi metro are women

Be prepared - the hikes in fares for the Delhi Metro may not be the last such case. Fare revisions on public transport systems across India would now be done at regular intervals, according to experts and transport officials.

While commenting on the new Metro policy, a government official told Hindustan Times that such revisions would now be done at regular intervals and for everyone.

Currently, the FFCs that brainstorms and recommends the revised fares are temporary ones set up by the government.

In his note to Kutty, Kejriwal wrote, "The steep hike in metro fares has caused considerable distress to the people of Delhi".

The decision of hike in metro fare was taken by the three-member Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) which was formed previous year with one representative from the Centre and the Delhi government each and the third, a retired high court judge.

As the increased Delhi metro fares came into effect on Tuesday, The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday protested outside almost 60 stations of the Delhi Metro, raising slogans against the recent fare hike.

After finalisation of the Delhi metro fare hike decision on Monday, the revised fare structure now is: up to 2 kms - Rs 10, 2-5 kms - Rs 20, 5-12 kms - Rs 30, 12-21 kms - Rs 40, 21-32 kms - Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 kms - Rs 60.

"The organisation, management, control and accountability of DMRC suffers from several serious flaws and the rationalisation and restructuring of DMRC seems an imminent necessity", Kejriwal said in a letter to the Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep S. Puri.

He also said that the three-way partnership between Centre, Delhi government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was a "facade" which is being used by the corporation for scoring large funding from the Delhi government.

Blaming the Delhi Government for missing the deadline for Phase-IV of the Metro project, Maken said "The DPR for Phase-IV was submitted to the Governments in 2014-15, but the Delhi Cabinet did not approve the financial proposal in time", he said.

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