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To Stop Delhi Metro Fare Hike, Pay Rs 3,000 Crore Annually, Centre Says To Arvind Kejriwal

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| October 8 , 2017 , 09:07 IST

The lifeline of the national capital, the Delhi Metro had announced another price hike, the second in one year which would be applicable from October 10, resulting in protests from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who called for a hold on the fares.

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.

"Your suggestion that this Ministry direct that the fare increase be kept on hold overlooks the fact the central government does not have any such authority. Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable," Puri said in his letter.

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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.

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.

Puri highlighted that the people of Delhi wanted efficient, reliable and punctual metro services and that the DMRC should be allowed to function autonomously keeping in mind the best interests of the citizens.

The DMRC defended its announcement of increasing fares by saying that the input costs had gone up over the years which is why the fares needed to be increased.