Delhi government representative's objection to Metro fare hike ignored: AAP

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Kejriwal has earlier cited a Fare Fixation Committee's earlier recommendation that said there should be at least a year's gap before increasing the fares.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday called for an immediate and independent audit of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) accounts and said that fare hikes should be put on hold until all files are examined.

In his letter, Kejriwal had referred to the financial model of the Hong Kong Metro and suggested that following it would significantly improve DMRC's finances and lead to a much lower fare hike.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader said Delhi residents were "still reeling" under the impact of the previous "steep fare hike" in May and said the proposed hike from October 10 "will be simply unacceptable in this time of economic distress".

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had on Saturday said that the hike in metro fares is necessary to provide world-class services to its passengers. The total traffic in all six lines saw a rise in April 2017 against April 2016.

He said some people have raised concerns over the fare hike, saying that the burden should not fall on the taxpayers. Line 1 and line 2 saw a drop in May 2017 and June 2017 against the same period a year ago.

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According to the Newspaper, According to sources in the ministry, Puri asked about "the statutory position regarding fare hike and if the central and state governments - who are equity shareholders in DMRC - could intervene in the matter further to recommendations of fare fixation committee."For all the latest Cities News, download Indian Express App".

However, since 2009, there has been no increase in fare, whereas the input cost for the DMRC has increased by "over 105 per cent in energy, 139 per cent in staff cost and by 213 per cent for fix and maintenance", the DMRC said in a statement. In several slabs, the increase will be 100 per cent, which is quite appalling.

"There is no reason why the principles to be followed from 2019 onwards should be completely violated in 2017", Kejriwal wrote in his letter.

The DMRC said that it is consistently increasing number of trains, AFC gates, lifts, escalators and other passenger services which also result in the increase of input cost but are essential for providing a world class service.

It also said that once Metro's third phase gets operational, commuters will have to travel shorter distances and hence pay lesser.

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