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Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

AAP student wing protests Metro fare hike

AAP student wing protests Metro fare hike

Delhi Metro on Tuesday steeply increased its fares - the second time this year - despite opposition from the Delhi government, igniting mostly negative responses from commuters amid some confusion over the hike. "Now, why Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal indulging in a public drama on the issue just to fool the people?", asked Maken.

A number of Delhi Congress workers converged at Connaught Place on Wednesday evening to protest against the "tussle between state and centre governments" over Metro fare hike. He said that the CM was only befooling the voters by claiming to be their well wisher and raising his voice against the increased fares. In the note, Kejriwal wrote that being an equal partner in DMRC, Delhi government is deeply concerned with the hike and its impact on the common man. If he would have initiated the "Satyagraha" on the very day when the Metro Fare Fixation Committee held a meeting, then I don't think this move would have been taken into consideration. "If the government was so concerned about the people's good, it would have taken steps to reduce Value-Added Tax when other states like Gujarat and Maharashtra were doing it", Tiwari complained. If the Metro fare increases every now and then in a year, then why not give student discounts? Kejriwal and his cabinet have been mounting relentless pressure on the rail corporation to roll back the new fares.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, along with a delegation of party leaders, called on Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to discuss the issue, in addition to plans related to "better road traffic flow".

After Delhi Metro rides got costlier from today, the commuters are a little disappointed and have said that they might want to shift to other modes of transport.

Party workers also launched a protest at different metro stations across the Capital. "The Delhi government was willing to pay Rs 1,500 crore a year but the Centre wasn't ready to pay its half... which is why the fare hike has happened", Rai alleged. "The central government and the DMRC were adamant on implementing the revised fares". He said the third phase of the Metro was supposed to have started on a 159 km-long route by the end of September 2016 but for the first time, the entire phase is delayed.

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