Delhi Metro fare hike: 10 things we need to know

Delhi Metro fare hike: Kejriwal asks chief secretary to call DMRC board's emergency meeting

Delhi Metro fare hike: Kejriwal asks chief secretary to call DMRC board's emergency meeting

A fare-fixation committee, comprising representatives of both the state and the Centre, which have equal stakes in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), is entrusted with recommending fare hikes.

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".

Puri suggested such a provision as the operational loss is the responsibility of the state government, according to the guidelines.

A discussion on the proposed metro fare hike got off to a rocky start in the Delhi Assembly on Monday with two BJP MLAs, who sought an apology from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for using "foul language" during a recent debate on guest teachers, being marshalled out of the House. "Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable", Union Minister Hardip Singh Puri was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

The letter from Hardeep Singh Puri, noted that the only alternative that the puts October Metro fare hike on hold is that DMRC is provided with 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.

"If the Central Government agrees, the Delhi Government would be willing to take over the DMRC".

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"Calls upon all the stakeholders to stop forthwith the implementation of the proposed fare hike by DMRC", the resolution reads.

"Neither the Central Government nor the State Government or even the Board of the Company has legal power to change the recommendations made by the FFC".

The slugfest continued on Saturday, with Kejriwal again writing to Puri with a suggestion that the Delhi government be allowed to take over DMRC operations to ensure "efficient performance".

He added that since the Centre bears 100% loss for the Kolkata Metro, he saw no difficulty if it bears 50% in the case of Delhi Metro. The existing fare structure is: up to 2 km - Rs 10, 2-5 km - Rs 15, 5-12 km - Rs 20, 12-21 km - Rs 30, 21-32 km - Rs 40 and for journeys beyond 32 kms - Rs 50.

The development comes a day after Mr Gahlot directed chief secretary M.M. Kutty to convene a meeting of all the government-nominated directors on the DMRC board to aggressively oppose the hike at the board meeting.

The DMRC is to implement its second fare revision on Tuesday.

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