Minister warns DMRC chief of action — Metro fare hike

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The last revision of fares were undertaken in 2009.

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.

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.

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri informed Kejriwal that the Metro Act does not have provisions for the central government to put on hold a fare hike and if the Delhi CM wishes to put a hold on fare hike, his state government can give around Rs 3,000 crore annually to the DMRC to do so. The DMRC was set-up in 1995 with equal equity from the Central government and Delhi government. He said the Union minister's contention that the DMRC is bound by the FFC recommendations seems "untenable" as the same DMRC sat over recommendations of fare hike for full eight months.

The DMRC during the discussions and in their written response to the Ministry asserted that "TheCommittee's (FFC) recommendations are binding on the Metro Rail Administrations as perprovisions of Section-37 of this Act (Metro Act)".

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. "However, till that happens, let the spirit of partnership prevail and I do hope that you will and a mutually acceptable solution to the present impasse relating to the second fare hike which we clearly regard as anti-people", the letter said. "If only the representatives of the Central Government on the DMRC Board cooperate, the needful can be done", the letter read. "In order to remove him from the post, only the LG, after seeking concurrence from the Centre, can move a proposal regarding this", said a senior government official.The hike is proposed to come into effect from October 10 , As Reported By DNAIndia. 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.

From 10 October, 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. For the subsequent slabs, it will go up by Rs10 each, which means the maximum fare will be Rs60.

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