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Centre told Chief Secy to ignore CM's Metro fare hike probe: Delhi govt

Sisodia said government was not buying metro's contention that it had to resort to a fare hike since it was running on losses

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Centre has instructed the Chief Secretary to turn down Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's direction to order a probe into the issue of Metro's fare hike and other related issues, the said today.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia shared a communication from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to Chief Secretary M M Kutty with reporters suggesting the same, which, he said, vindicates the government's position that Kutty was "stalling the process at the BJP's behest".


"DMRC is not a state PSU. It has been organised as a 50:50 equity partnership of the Central and the state Therefore, it is neither Central nor state PSU. It is a Board run company. Therefore, state has no authority to make an enquiry into DMRC affairs," the letter to Kutty states.

Sisodia said the was not buying metro's contention that it had to resort to a fare hike since it was running on losses.

"We will ensure that a probe is done. The Assembly has every right to get a probe done. The House Committee is already conducting one," he said.

The communication from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, however, clearly states that neither the Dialogue and Development Commission of nor the has "competence to inquire into metro's affairs."

"Why are we even running the metro? To benefit whom? Congress used to deploy the the same logic of discoms running on losses to increase power tariff in We have never interfered in metro operations. We believe metro isn't some profit making company," Sisodia said.

The fare hike that came into effect from October 10, increased ticket prices to Rs 10 for all travels beyond 5 km. The hike which comes barely five months within the last one, will affect every commuter who travels beyond 5 km.

The maximum fare, for journeys beyond 32 km, will now be Rs 60.

First Published: Sat, October 14 2017. 19:07 IST
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