Ruckus In Delhi Assembly Over Metro Fare Hike, 2 BJP MLAs Marshalled

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| October 9 , 2017 , 16:10 IST

There was a ruckus in the Delhi Assembly here on Monday as the leaders discussed the Delhi Metro fare hike issue after the Central government told Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to pay Rs 3,000 crore in aid to the transporter if they wanted to keep the prices as it is.

As Delhi assembly met on Monday discussing the hike, two BJP MLAs were removed for constantly interrupting the talks following which two others walked out.

Majinder Singh Sirsa and Om Prakash Sharma were marshalled out after they kept interrupting a discussion on a resolution moved by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot against the proposed fare hike. After this incident, the other two BJP MLAs -- Jagdish Pradhan and Vijender Gupta also walked out of the house.

AAP chief had earlier said that the state will be happy to take over the carrier or give half of the grant-in-aid to the DMRC if the central government is willing to pay the other half.

In his letter to Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, CM Kejriwal said, "As for as your suggestion regarding a grant to DMRC for meeting the gap in their operating finances, my government is willing to bear half the grant if only a matching grant is provided by the Central Government."

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Dated October 8, the letter said, "As you know, the central government and Delhi Government are 50-50 owners of DMRC and its equity etc. have been shared in this proportion all along. Let an assessment be made of the financial gap likely to be created on account of the postponement of the second fare hike and we will be able to bear half of it."

"Since the central government bears 100 percent of loss for Kolkata Metro, I see no difficulty if it bears 50 percent in case of Delhi. Thereafter, an FFC (Fare Fixation Committee) can be constituted, as suggested by you," the letter added.

Kejriwal also expressed his willingness to take over the Delhi metro if it bodes well with the central government.

He said, "If the central government agrees, Delhi government would be willing to take over DMRC. We are confident that we will be able to fund DMRC by improving the efficiency rather than effecting steep fare hikes and provide an affordable means of transport to the people of Delhi."

"However, till that happens, let the spirit of partnership prevail and I do hope that you will find a mutually acceptable solution to the present impasse relating to the second fare hike which we clearly regard as anti-people," he said in the letter.

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This comes days after the Puri told Kejriwal to pay Rs 3,000 crore if he didn't want Delhi metro price hike as the latter protested against the incident.

Puri, in a letter dated October 6 noted that the alternative to fare hike was to provide DMRC yearly grants-in-aid for the next five years: Rs 3,040 crore, Rs 3,616 crore, Rs 3,318 crore, Rs 3,150 crore and Rs 2,980 crore respectively.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been defended its decision to hike the travel price yet again saying that its input costs had gone up over the years.