Kejriwal says Metro price hike ‘anti-people,’ directs minister to stop increase

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the proposed hike in prices for Metro train tickets as “anti- people” while directing his Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to stop its implementation within a week.

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Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, “The Metro fare hike is anti-people. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has been directed to find a solution to prevent hike in metro fares within a week.”

Fares for Metro rides are likely to increase for the second time in 2017 as prices will increase starting October.

The fares were last revised in May. From the next month, fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 10 reported PTI.

A senior government official said the chief minister was not happy with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) move to increase the fares.

“The transport minister can also summon DMRC chief Mangu Singh over the issue if needed…The government will try not to allow Metro to increase its fares,” the official was quoted by news agency.

Kejriwal’s minister Gahlot said that he had called the DMRV chief to state secretariat for a meeting today.

He wrote, “As directed by @ArvindKejriwal have called DMRC Chief at 2:30 pm today at Secretariat with all relevant records of uncalled Fare hike.”

In May, the DMRC had announced the first phase of the hike in fares as per the recommendations of the fourth Fare Fixation Committee.

The second phase will be implemented from October.

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