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Delhi govt asks DMRC not to increase metro fare until inquiry is done

Delhi Metro fares are set to increase for a second time this year from October 1

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Delhi Metro
Inside view of a train that arrives at Jama Masjid metro station during the press preview in New Delhi on Friday ahead of the inauguration of Metro's Heritage Line. The heritage line between ITO and Kashmere Gate, will be thrown open on Sunday

The Government on Thursday told the Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) to hold an impending hike till it completes an enquiry on the proposed increase.

"Metro is directed to put on hold any further hike till Delhi government completes its enquiry and forms an opinion on this subject," Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said.

Delhi Metro fares are set to increase by a minimum of Rs 10 from next month.

"The proposed hike by Delhi Metro is likely to adversely affect the interests of a large number of commuters in Delhi," the Aam Aadmi Party leader said. "Delhi Government is completely against any hike in Metro fares."

The minister said it was not clear whether the Delhi government's stand was considered by the committee of Delhi Metro.

He said a meeting took place between the Delhi government and Managing Director

The minister's directive came after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked Gahlot to find a way to stop the "anti-people" Metro fare hike within a week.

"Metro fare hike is anti-people move. Have ordered ... Gahlot to find a solution to stop fare hike," Kejriwal tweeted.

The minister then sought "all relevant records of (the) uncalled fare hike".

Delhi Metro fares are set to increase for a second time this year from October 1.

The last increase was in May when the minimum fare went up from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

Delhi Metro fares rose following the recommendations of the fourth Fare Committee.

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

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First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 19:05 IST