Day after Metro fare hike, AAP protests outside stations

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today geared up for an agitation against a hike in Delhi Metro fares, nearly double in some cases, amid a public backlash against the steep increase. "Now, why Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal indulging in a public drama on the issue just to fool the people?", asked Maken.

The Delhi Congress has begun its "Stop Politics, Save Metro" campaign in the capital to protest against the latest hike in Metro fares. Delhi government has been vehemently opposing the fare increase with Kejriwal calling the move "anti-people". He is taking the janta for a ride.

"Being an equal partner in DMRC, the Delhi government is deeply concerned with the hike and its impact on the common man. DDC may, therefore, be directed to examine the issues.and submit its recommendations at the earliest", he wrote. 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. "If the government was so concerned about the people's good, it would have taken steps to reduce Value-Added Tax when other states like Gujarat and Maharashtra were doing it", Tiwari complained. Kejriwal and his cabinet have been mounting relentless pressure on the rail corporation to roll back the new fares.

It declared a "Metro Fare Satyagraha" at all Metro stations at 4 p.m. on Wednesday that would continue on Thursday and on Friday at 12 noon when AAP workers will lay siege to the Union Urban Development Ministry housed in Nirman Bhavan here.

AAP's Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai alleged that the decision to raise tariffs was taken to "benefit" radio cab operators.

Rising input costs have forced Delhi Metro (DMRC) to hike fares again for the second time this year.

Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sat on the Fare Fixation Committee report on fare hike for four months and acted only at the last moment, claiming he was helping Ola and Uber. Its time DMRC increases its efficiency to remain a popular mode of transport rather than focus on increasing its fares.

He further said that third phase of the metro was supposed to have started on a 159 km-long route by the end of September 2016.

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