Metro fare hike: Minister warns DMRC chief of action

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We are confident that we will be able to fund the DMRC by improving its efficiency rather than effecting steep fare hikes and provide an affordable means of transport to the people of Delhi.

He also mentioned that since the Centre bears 100 per cent of loss for Kolkata Metro, he sees no difficulty if it bears 50 per cent in case of Delhi and thereafter, another FFC can be constituted.

DMRC chief Mangu Singh also met Kejriwal at his residence.

Slamming Delhi government's interference in the Delhi Metro, Puri said that the Phase-IV of the DMRC was running 2.5 years behind schedule as a result of decisions made by the state government.

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. "In case the state government agrees to provide grants-in-aid of almost Rs 3,000 crore per annum to DMRC, then another fare fixation committee (FFC) may be constituted which may examine the financial viability of DMRC in the context of state government's additional financial commitment". As you know, the Central Government and the Delhi Government are 50:50 owners of the DMRC and its equity has been shared in this proportion all along.

The new DMRC fares will be effective from October 10.

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Earlier, Kejriwal had written to the housing and urban affairs ministry to issue a direction to DMRC to put on hold the proposed hike in fares, as recommended by the 4th Fare Fixation Committee (FFC).

Puri added that if the Delhi government agreed to pay Rs 3,000 crore annually to the DMRC, setting up a fresh Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) could be considered. The fare hike has come in as a recommendation from the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC).

Managing Director Mangu Singh that the government will take action against him if the proposed Metro fare hike is implemented.

Puri has also pointed out that the fares charged by DMRC are far lower than those charged by the Metros other cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow. The existing fare structure is: up to 2 kms - Rs 10, 2-5 kms - Rs 15, 5-12 kms - Rs 20, 12-21 kms - Rs 30, 21-32 kms - Rs 40 and for journeys beyond 32 kms - Rs 50.

From October 10, for a distance of up to two kilometres, the fare will remain Rs 10, but for a distance between two and five kilometres, it will go up from Rs 15 to Rs 20.

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