AAP stages protests outside metro stations against fare hike

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has defended the fare hike saying it was needed to “maintain a world-class service”

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has defended the fare hike saying it was needed to “maintain a world-class service”

The party, which is in power in Delhi, sees a collusion between the central government and the Delhi Metro for effecting the fare hike, so as to help app-based private cab companies make profits, it said.

The revised fare structure is: up to 2 km - Rs 10, 2 to 5 km - Rs 20, 5 to 12 km - Rs 30, 12 to 21 km - Rs 40, 21 to 32 km - Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km - Rs 60.

He termed the decision to hike the fares as unfortunate and questioned the idea of increasing fare despite a hike a few months ago. "Earlier, when college-goers used to travel [more] by bus, there used to be a bus pass; so why can't we have the same for Delhi Metro, considering it's the preferred mode of transport for most of us now", says Anisha Joneja, third-year student at Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University.Some students say that while a hike of Rs 10 per ride may not be too much, would that lead to better services?

He said the AAP goverment had halved the airport Metro fares, after which fare collections from the route had doubled.

"The hike is not fair".

"It has nearly doubled".

Arvind Tripathi, 28, who works for a Japanese firm, said: "I paid Rs 60 today from Bata Chowk to Rajiv Chowk". He said the hike was not justified as there is no improvement in the services. "What stopped the government from opposing the fare hike when the chief secretary is a member of the fare fixation committee?"

Aam Admi party announced to take out a rally against metro fare hike on 13th October at 12 pm.

A group of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) supporters gathered outside the Metro Bhawan and protested against the hike in metro fare in the national capital on Tuesday.

Asked how this was possible, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said the cabs provide point to point connectivity while Metro commuters hire cycle rickshaws or auto rickshaws to and from Metro stations.

"It is Kejriwal's usual way of lying to the public by coming up with made up names", BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari told ANI.

The Centre, however, has maintained that the hike seeks to cut down Metro losses.

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