The Delhi government and Centre's equal stake in the city metro was a "facade" meant for obtaining "large" amounts of funding from the former, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday wrote to Union Urban Affairs Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Or why commuters in Delhi should pay three times more than what commuters in Kolkata pay.
He alleged the two parties have indulged in "dirty politics" and will "destroy" the Delhi Metro.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation increased fares by ₹5 to ₹10 on Tuesday in the second phase of the hike announced in May.
He added that the contention that operational losses must be borne "solely by the Delhi government" established "absurdity of the prevailing arrangements where all losses are required to be borne by the Delhi government even though it has no say whatsoever in the management of DMRC".
The Chief Minister said it wasn't that his government was against fare hikes but it should be allowed "only to the extent necessary".
The new fares would be applicable across five corridors - Blue, Yellow, Red, Green and Violet - of the metro.
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In the letter, Kejriwal said the latest hike was of over 100 per cent and that he had not seen such a steep hike in any public service, be it transport or electricity or water.
Referring to that, Mr. Kejriwal wrote: "This is truly a unusual proposition".
He argued that though the Delhi government and the Centre were "equal partners" in the Metro, the AAP government had "virtually no say in its management".
The DMRC had gone ahead with the fare hike despite the AAP government's strident opposition. Their target for the attack, however, depended on their politics. The biggest gathering of party volunteers was reported outside Vishwavidyalaya metro station where senior AAP leader and Delhi convener Gopal Rai led the agitation.
Manjinder S Sirsa, an Akali Dal lawmaker, blamed Mr Kejriwal for not raising his voice earlier. "And now we have to pay almost double the fares in metro if we count both the hikes implemented in six months", he said.The Delhi Metro fares were increased from Tuesday despite strong opposition from the AAP government.
"Kejriwal and BJP have made Diwali bitter for the people of Delhi through the hike in the metro fare", Mr Maken added.