Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Arvind Kejriwal to Centre: Hand Over Delhi Metro, Won't Raise Fares

Delhi Metro Govt warns DMRC Roll back fare hike or face action
Ellis Copeland | 09 October, 2017, 07:54

Taking the cognizance of the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's request against the Delhi Metro fare hike, the Central Government has that it has no jurisdiction to hold the proposed Metro fare hike unless, the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) agrees to pay Rs 3,000 crore annually to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The last revision of fares were done in 2009. The AAP government had last week sought the Centre's intervention in preventing the new fares from seeing the light of the day.

Noting that it would be "wrong to claim" that there were two increases in fares in a short period of five months, Puri said the 4th FFC itself recommended the fare hike, coming after a gap of seven and a half years, to be implemented in two instalments - one in May and another in October, the source added.

"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.

In his letter to Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the CM wrote, "If the central government agrees, the Delhi government would be willing to take over DMRC". What the Delhi government proposed was often summarily dismissed by the central government, he said. 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.

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday offered to take over Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to improve its "efficiency".

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"If at any time, it is felt by the government of National Capital Territory that its views are not being presented in the right perspective, the government shall be constrained to act as per the prevalent and applicable rules and regulations", Mr. Gahlot said in the letter.

"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. Thereafter, an FFC (Fare Fixation Committee) can be constituted, as suggested by you".

If the hike is effected, the fares will go up by a maximum of Rs10.

Puri had written to Kejriwal, saying that neither the Centre nor the Delhi government had the authority to put the hike on hold as it is legally untenable.

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. However, Centre should provide the other half of the funds.

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