Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Will fund DMRC 50% if Centre does so: Kejriwal

Will fund DMRC 50% if Centre does so: Kejriwal

The decision of the board, headed by housing and urban affairs secretary DS Mishra, came close on the heels of the Delhi assembly passing a resolution against the proposed fare hike earlier in the day.

According to the Newspaper, . 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.

In a statement, the Delhi government said that another fare hike, within five months of the previous one, will act as a burden on commuters and bring down ridership.

The new DMRC fares will be effective from October 10.

Managing Director Mangu Singh that the government would take action against him if he goes ahead with the proposed Metro fare hike. "Tampering with the recommendations of the FFC is legally untenable". This was suggested to AAP government by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri in his letter to Kejriwal, PTI quoted a source as saying.

Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday had told the Delhi government that it would have to pay Rs 3,000 crore for five years if it wanted to stop the hike in the metro fares.

"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". He also mooted an alternative plan, wherein the Delhi government would provide half the funds required by the Metro authorities so long as the Centre shells out a matching amount.

The resolution moved on Wednesday by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot urged the Union Urban Development Ministry to "quickly and actively intervene" so that the proposed "unlawful and anti-people fare hike" be reversed in the interest of common people and the environment. Once the fares are further increased, people will have to pay Rs 10 for 0-2 kms, Rs 20 for 2-5 kms, Rs 30 for 5-12 kms, Rs 40 for 12-21 kms, Rs 50 for 21-32 kms and Rs 60 for travelling more than 32 kms.

On October 2, Kejriwal had called for an independent audit of the DMRC when he also asked for the fare revision to be put on hold till the exercise is completed.

Starting Tuesday, Delhi Metro rides will become costlier by a maximum of Rs 10 for those travelling over two kilometres in the city.

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