Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Delhi Metro fare hike: AAP to hold 'satyagraha' from today

Delhi Metro fare hike: AAP to hold 'satyagraha' from today

Delhi Metro on Tuesday steeply increased its fares - the second time this year - despite opposition from the Delhi government, igniting mostly negative responses from commuters amid some confusion over the hike.

During a heated discussion on the metro fare hike in the state assembly, the AAP legislators voiced similar concerns and passed a resolution in this reagrd.

"The increase in the fare is not to shore up the losses, but it appears that the main goal is to benefit Ola and Uber".

As part of the two phase revision of Metro fares recommended by the Committee, the fare would remain Rs. 10 for the first 2 km, but will subsequently increase by Rs. 10 in each slab, going up to a maximum of Rs. 60.

The decision to increase the fares was taken after a meeting of the Delhi Metro Fare Fixation Committee on Monday.

"We have still not seen any proof by the AAP saying they were opposed to the fare hike, but yes fake public posturing is being done by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal" added Anupam.

The Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) student wing on Wednesday staged a protest outside the busy Rajiv Chowk station in the heart of the capital to denounce the Delhi Metro fare hike. He said the hike was not justified as there is no improvement in the services.

It declared a "Metro Fare Satyagraha" at all Metro stations at 4 p.m. on Wednesday that would continue on Thursday and on Friday at 12 noon when AAP workers will lay siege to the Union Urban Development Ministry housed in Nirman Bhavan here.

A survey by Delhi Commission for Women has revealed that more than 65 percent of women in Delhi would be forced to look for less safer and cheaper modes of transportation in the wake of metro fare hike. "People might shift to other modes of transport now", a Delhi Metro commuter told ANI. The party had even demanded that the metro functioning be handed over to them so they can run it without a price hike.

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