AAP student wing protests Metro fare hike

Henrietta Brewer
October 11, 2017

Accordingly, the fare now is Rs 10 for up to two km, Rs 20 for 2-5 km, Rs 30 for 5-12 km, Rs 40 for 12-21 km, Rs 50 for 21-32 km and Rs 60 for a ride beyond 32 km.

Taking to Twitter, the DCW chief, Swati Maliwal wrote, "DCW survey on 2516 women reveals 97% women unhappy wid metro fare hike".

Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the hike was a conspiracy to increase congestion on Delhi roads and create more problems rather than solving anything.

"In some cases, the fare difference between Metro and shared cab rides would be minimal but people may not mind paying a bit more for cab rides", Bhardwaj told IANS.

The Metro fares were last revised in May when the minimum tariff was raised from Rs. 8 to Rs. 10.

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". But for those Delhi college-goers who take the Metro everywhere, this is proving to be a pain.The students we spoke to ask why the Delhi Metro can't have student passes, just as DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) buses have.

Another commuter, Sushant, a theatre artist, was also unhappy.

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. "In 2002 and 2004, during the fare fixation committee meetings, the Congress was in the Opposition at the Centre but the fare issue was settled amicably", he said.

AAP MLA Alka Lamba dubbed Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and central government as "dictatorial" and said her party will hit the streets and force the Centre to reverse the fare hike.

AAP volunteers will launch the agitation at all city metro stations at 4 pm on Wednesday, Rai said. "The Congress workers will make people aware about the politics being played between the BJP and the AAP governments", the Congress leader said.

The Centre, however, has maintained that the hike seeks to cut down Metro losses.

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