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'Shell out ₹15000 cr to hold metro fare hike'

'Shell out ₹15000 cr to hold metro fare hike'

On 1 October, Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal had demanded an independent audit of the Delhi Metro's accounts after state government wrote to Urban Affairs Ministry against the proposed fare hike. The CM also said till that happens, let the spirit of partnership prevail.

In a related development, Delhi Metro chief Mangu Singh met Kejriwal at his residence on Sunday evening.

"Since the Central Government bears 100 per cent of loss for Kolkata Metro, I see no difficulty if it bears 50 per cent in case of Delhi". However, Centre should provide the other half of the funds. "As you know, the central government and the Delhi government are 50-50 owners of DMRC, its equity etc. have been shared in this proportion all along", Kejriwal wrote. Citing Section 86 of the DMRC Act, Kejriwal said contention by the Union minister that the central government is "powerless" in respect of fare fixation is also flawed for another reason, arguing it was the Centre which had set up the fourth FFC after a lapse of seven years. "Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable".

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.

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In a letter to Kejriwal, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri reportedly said on Friday that such a provision has been suggested since the operational loss is the responsibility of the state government as per the metro guidelines.

Puri said that Centre can not legally chalk off the fare hike in Delhi Metro as proposed by fare fixation committee (FFC), the panel set up to review the ticket price. The DMRC and the Delhi government have been locking horns since the second Metro fare hike from October 10 was proposed. In the present case, Singh was a nominee of the Delhi government and his appointment was approved by the former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

"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", Puri's letter read.

DMRC's own data shows that the fare hike in May resulted in a decrease in ridership by 5% in the month of June 2017, while in the same month in the last two years the ridership had gone up by 8 and 9% respectively. If the fares are increased on October 10, those travelling more than two kilometres will need to pay Rs 5-10 more.


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