Can't put metro rail fare on hold: Centre to Delhi govt

Can't put metro rail fare on hold: Centre to Delhi govt

Can't put metro rail fare on hold: Centre to Delhi govt

The second proposed Metro fare hike has become a bone of contention between the Delhi Government and the Central Government as Kejriwal has termed it "anti-people".

Gahlot in a letter addressed to the DMRC chief on Friday said that Singh was nominated by the Delhi government "to put forward the view point of Delhi government in the Board meetings of DMRC as well as other forums and meeting".

MoS Puri's letter, dated October 6, to Kejriwal Government came in after Arvind Kejriwal, on September 29, had asked the Central Government to put the fare hike on hold. "Tampering with the recommendations of the FFC is legally untenable". He also noted that the alternative to fare hike was to provide DMRC yearly grants-in-aid for the next five years: Rs 3,040 crore, Rs 3,616 crore, Rs 3,318 crore, Rs 3,150 crore and Rs 2,980 crore respectively.

Kejriwal, through his letter, also informed the central government to his government's readiness to take over DMRC if it wants.

According to sources, Kejriwal told Mangu that the Metro fare hike will decrease the ridership of the Metro and private operators such as Ola or Uber will be benefitted. However, the board rejected the Delhi government's stand by citing Section 37 of the Metro Railways (Operations and Maintenance) Act-2002 - which states that the FFC's recommendations are "binding", "sacrosanct" and not subject to the Centre's intervention. The DMRC was set-up in 1995 with equal equity from the Central government and Delhi government.

The Delhi Metro, which has been operational in the national capital since 2002, carries around 27 lakh passengers every day. "Thereafter, an FFC (Fare Fixation Committee) can be constituted, as suggested by you". However, Centre should provide the other half of the funds.

"The chief minister directed the chief secretary to apprise the DMRC Board about the notice for convening an emergency DMRC Board meeting, on the demand of the Delhi government", the statement said.

The revised fare structure will be 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 DMRC is to implement its second fare revision on Tuesday. For the subsequent slabs, it will go up by Rs10 each, which means the maximum fare will be Rs60.

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