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DMRC not sharing ridership details after fare hike: Sisodia

DMRC not sharing ridership details after fare hike: Sisodiaā€¯

Speaking at a press conference, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Centre had directed the Chief Secretary to deny Mr. Kejriwal's request earlier this week. However, they said that the Metro fares can only be reduced in two ways - either the Delhi government provides subsidy or the DMRC can start concessional schemes for the passengers.

"If metro is only for a premium class of Delhi, then what is the point of using thousands of crores of tax money of Delhi's citizens for it?" he asked.

After the two successive hikes in the Metro fares, the Centre is under pressure - both from the public and the Opposition.

The AAP has been vociferously opposing the Metro fare hike and Congress has also joined in the same recently.

The move comes close on the heels of the metro fare hike, which is being opposed by the Delhi government and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party. There have been reports that the ridership of the Delhi Transport Corporation buses has increased after the Metro fare hike.

Referring to an inquiry ordered into the hike, Sisodia said: "BJP should answer this: What did BJP do in the last three years that they have a problem with an inquiry?" After Kutty refused to issue a letter with regard to the enquiry, Kejriwal had, on Friday, alleged that Kutty has "refused to abide" by his orders. Therefore, neither the state nor the central government has any authority to enquire into the recommendations of statutorily constituted Fare Fixation Committee."In phase II of the Metro fare hike, ticket prices went up by a maximum of Rs 10, and apart from members of AAP, student groups and some commuters too have been protesting it , As Reported By IE". Mr. Kejriwal had asked the Chief Secretary to initiate an inquiry done by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) into the reason for the fare hike, which was implemented from Tuesday.

Sisodia said that the metro fare hike was a conspiracy to hide a scam.



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