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DMRC refusing to share ride details after Delhi Metro fare hike: Sisodia

Sisodia said according to preliminary reports, there's an increase of 65,000 in DTC bus ridership

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Photo: PTI
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister on Saturday said that the Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was refusing to share details of Metro ridership following its fare hike.

Sisodia said that according to preliminary reports, there has been an increase of 65,000 in the ridership of the Transport Corporation (DTC) buses after the fare hike.

"If metro is only for a premium class of Delhi, then what is the point of using thousands of crores of tax money of Delhi's citizens for it?" he asked.

He questioned why the Centre was not allowing an inquiry into the hike.

The fares were increased from Tuesday despite strong opposition from the government, which had locked horns with the DMRC over the hike -- the second this year.

Addressing the media on Saturday, Sisodia asked why a company like DMRC has a problem with sharing ridership data after the fare hike.

AAP leaders had earlier claimed that increasing fares would result in a fall in ridership.

Referring to an inquiry ordered into the hike, Sisodia said: "BJP should answer this: What did BJP do in the last three years that they have a problem with an inquiry?"

Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had directed Chief Secretary M M Kutty to order an inquiry into the

But the central government opposed the move.

"State Government has no authority to make an inquiry into the DMRC's affairs," a letter from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to Kutty read.

On Friday, the government said that Kutty refused Kejriwal's direction to order an inquiry and added that he was working at the behest of the BJP.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that even if the central government does not allow an inquiry, a Assembly appointed committee will look into the fare hike.

Sisodia said that the was a conspiracy to hide a scam.

First Published: Sat, October 14 2017. 16:26 IST