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AAP threatens to protest against Delhi Metro over increased fare

Delhi govt had asked DMRC not to make any changes in existing fare rates until it completes its probe on the matter

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo: PTI)

The (AAP) on Friday said it will launch a protest campaign if Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) remained adamant on increasing the Metro fare.

Party leader Gopal Rai said that keeping in mind the issue of pollution in Delhi, the DMRC should drop the idea of fare hike and added that an delegation would meet DMRC chief Mangu Singh on Monday.

The government had on Thursday told the DMRC to hold the impending fare hike until the government completes an enquiry into the proposed increase.

"But it has come in today's newspapers that from October 10 the will be increased," Rai said.

He said if people gave up Metro and started using private vehicles, the pollution levels in the city would further rise.

Rai said that if implemented, this would be the second fare hike in a year and added that Metro ridership had decreased since the fare hike in May.

In May, the minimum fare went up from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50. DMRC has said the will now go up by a minimum of Rs 10.

On Thursday, Chief Minister branded the proposed hike as "anti-people".

The DMRC was formed in 1995 with equal equity participation of the central government and the government of Capital Territory of After beginning its operations in 2002, the now covers 218 km with 164 stations. The network is set to expand further.

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First Published: Fri, September 29 2017. 22:26 IST