Delhi Metro fare hike: Congress campaign to 'expose' AAP, BJP governments starts

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has defended the fare hike saying it was needed to “maintain a world-class service”

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has defended the fare hike saying it was needed to “maintain a world-class service”

So they feel the Delhi Metro fare hikes need more scrutiny.Samedha Arora, a student of Kalindi College, says, "We often complain about hikes in prices of petrol and diesel, but it's high time that we started debating over Delhi Metro fare hikes, especially when it's an important mode of commute for Delhiites. Now they are misleading the people of Delhi", Yogendra Yadav said. The ruling AAP has 66 members in the 70-member assembly, with remaining four members belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday protested outside almost 60 stations of the Delhi Metro, raising slogans against the recent fare hike.

As per the reports, on Monday Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia called the fare hike as a conspiracy to benefit cab aggregators. On Tuesday DMRC has increased the fares of metro despite strong opposition from the AAP led Delhi government.

His party colleague Saurabh Bharadwaj termed the hike a "conspiracy to help cab aggregator Ola".

The rise in Metro fare has been a very controversial decision as the matter became intensely political after the Delhi government opposed the move.

The revised fare structure is as follows: up to 2 km - Rs 10; 2 to 5 km - Rs 20; 5 to 12 km - Rs 30; 12 to 21 km - Rs 40; 21 to 32 km - Rs 50; and for journeys beyond 32 km - Rs 60. If the Metro fare increases every now and then in a year, then why not give student discounts?

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.

The centre, on the other hand, has said that the fare increase is necessary as the metro is incurring losses.

Jain said Delhi Metro was a "social venture" to end congestion on Delhi roads and not a business venture. 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. Delhi government representatives did not attend a single meeting.

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