Over 56 pc women to look for less safer, cheaper — Metro fare

A number of Delhi Congress workers led by party president Ajay Maken converged at Connaught Place on Wednesday evening to protest against the ‘tussle between state and centre governments’ over Metro fare hike

Over 56 pc women to look for less safer, cheaper — Metro fare

"If every decision of Delhi Metro Railway Corporation is jointly taken by BJP-led Centre and the AAP-led Delhi Government, then who is responsible for this fare hike?"

This is the second hike by Delhi Metro in the last six months when DMRC raised the fare by Rs 20 in May and announced that fares will be revised again in October.

For women: More than 65 per cent of women in the national capital might have to look for a less expensive mode of transport that might also be less safe. "68% forced 2 seek alternate travel mode, rendering dem less safe!" The has tweeted today that they will protest against the increase of metro fares two times in a year.

The latest increase drew strong reactions from commuters, with some saying they would consider alternative public transport.

Arvind Tripathi, 28, who works for a Japanese firm, said: "I paid Rs 60 today from Bata Chowk to Rajiv Chowk".

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In an earlier letter to Union Minister of Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, the DCW had apprised him of the gaping loopholes in the fare hike recommendation report and had asked the Centre to roll back the fare hike. "It is pinching the pockets of the common man and students", Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said.

Who will it benefit?

Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai said the fare hike will benefit only the cab aggregators, like Ola and Uber, whose services will become cheaper than Metro. "How come the losses started mounting since last one year", Rai told reporters. They (UD ministry) say that Metro has been running into losses, but this isn't true.

"The Modi government's decision to hike fares is unfortunate and taken with (a feeling of) animosity. As per the documents in the financial year 2015-16 of the eight meeting held of the Audit committee at DMRC, Principal Secretary Sanjeev Sahai was present only at one meeting, similarly in the audit committee for 2016-17 of the four meetings held till date officials representing the Delhi government have remained absent in all four" said Anupam, spokesperson of Swaraj India party.

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