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AAP stages protests outside metro stations against fare hike
11 October 2017, 08:46 | Randall Craig
Commuters line up for tickets outside the Huda City Centre Metro station on Tuesday
On 7 October, the central government told Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that it can not put on hold the proposed Metro fare hike unless state government agrees to pay almost Rs. 3,000 crore annually to DMRC.
His party colleague Saurabh Bharadwaj termed the hike a "conspiracy to help cab aggregator Ola". The hike, which comes five months within the last one, will affect every commuter of the mass rapid transit who travels beyond 5 km, while journeys falling in the 2-5 km distance slab will cost Rs 5 more. The fares were last revised in May this year.
She said, "At a time when six rapes and several cases of eve- teasing and harassment are reported each day, the metro fare hike has forced women to go back to less safer modes of transportation".
The centre, on the other hand, has said that the fare increase is necessary as the metro is incurring losses.
The Urban Development Ministry is likely to ask the price fixation committee of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to consider the proposed fares.
The protests will continue on Thursday in a similar manner when AAP volunteers will interact with metro commuters at different places. Swaraj India said that Delhi government officials, who are members of various committees, were absent in the meetings- a place where their presence could have made differences if the government intended for them.
Taking to Twitter, the DCW chief, Swati Maliwal wrote, "DCW survey on 2516 women reveals 97% women unhappy wid metro fare hike. Why did he not object to the decision to hike the metro fare?" Congress workers will take this campaign to the block level to make people aware of the "politics being played on the issue" of metro fare hike.
AAP MLA Alka Lamba dubbed Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and central government as "dictatorial" and said her party will hit the streets and force the Centre to reverse the fare hike.
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