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The motion for constitution of the committee was moved by AAP legislator Somnath Bharti. The members of the committee will be nominated by the Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.
"This House agrees to constitute a nine-member committee to be nominated by the speaker to look into the rationale behind the hike in tariff by the DMRC, financial health of the DMRC and other related issues.
"The speaker shall also determine the specific terms and conditions for the committee," the resolution stated.
In his reply on the discussion, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot alleged that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Board meeting yesterday took the decision to implement the fare hike in "undemocratic manner" where the voice of the elected Delhi government was "sidelined".
His colleague and Urban Development Minister Satyender Jain said the ridership in metro will come down significantly due to fare hike.
"Based on facts, I can say that the ridership in Metro will come down due to the fare hike. There is conspiracy to increase (traffic) congestion in Delhi," Jain told the House.
"If the fares of Ola, Uber (cab aggregators) will be lesser, people will not use Metro," Gahlot said.
The fare hike that came into effect today 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.
The Board refused to "interfere" in the matter, saying it has no power to change the recommendations of the fare fixation committee (FCC), which had proposed the hike.