AAP protests at Delhi Metro stations against fare hike

People queue up ticket counter at Huda City Center Metro Station in Gurgaon. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided that people who enter stations during non-peak hours will be eligible for a 20% discount even if they exit during peak hours

Addressing a gathering near Palika Bazaar in A Block, Maken on Wednesday said, the decision to hike Metro fare was jointly taken by both parties in power-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Centre.

"Arvind Kejriwal considers himself as the owner of Delhi".

"The increase in the fare is not to shore up the losses, but it appears that the main objective is to benefit Ola and Uber".

"Kejriwal is not concerned about the welfare of people". Had he been anxious about how the public will handle the new fares, he would have taken up the matter when the Fare Fixation Committee had held a meeting to finalise the hike in Phase-2.

A day after the second phase of Delhi Metro fare hike was implemented, protests against the move continued in the city. "Then there would have not been any need to use words like satyagraha", Tiwari alleged.

The commission will also examine whether the hike could have been substantially offset by efficiency improvements as well as real estate exploitation and if the representatives of Delhi government effectively presented its viewpoint to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation board. The answer is the BJP-led central government.

"To ensure the well-being of the public, the Delhi Government could have taken the step when Maharashtra and Gujarat Governments lowered the Value-Added Tax by 4 percent, but it did not". Kejriwal wrote that the commission may be directed to examine these and all other related matters and for this objective, it may call for relevant records and meet with officials concerned from DMRC and Delhi government. And it will hold "gherao" the Urban Development ministry on October 13.

Meanwhile, the AAP started its satyagraha on Wednesday with its Delhi convenor Gopal Rai taking the lead.

"What made them increase the fare twice in the same year when there was no hike for eight years?"

Party workers also launched a protest at different metro stations across the Capital. And it will be headed by the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal who recently said that they are ready to pay half of the funds to DMRC and asks not to increase the fare. "Earlier, when college-goers used to travel [more] by bus, there used to be a bus pass; so why can't we have the same for Delhi Metro, considering it's the preferred mode of transport for most of us now", says Anisha Joneja, third-year student at Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University.Some students say that while a hike of Rs 10 per ride may not be too much, would that lead to better services?

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