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Delhi govt must give Rs 3K cr as annual grant if it wants

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Opposition today demanded the give a Rs 3,000 crore annual grant if it wanted the withdrawal of the proposed metro fare hike, and abstained from session that passed a resolution against the increase in the assembly.

The House passed the resolution to oppose the proposed metro fare hike, moved by Transport Minister Gahlot, with a voice vote.

Leader of the Opposition Vijender Gupta claimed that rules stipulate that the state must bear the full operational loses of the Metro Rail.

"The government must provide an annual grant-in-aid of about Rs 3,000 crore if it wants the fare hike in Metro to put on hold," he said.

He alleged that Chief Minister Kejriwal was "misleading" people when he says that the Centre and the Delhi government are equal partners in Rail Corporation (DMRC), implying that both must bear equal operational loses.

The demand of Rs 3,000 crore from the Delhi government, in case of withdrawing the fare hike, scheduled to come into effect from tomorrow, was raised by the Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Puri.

Gupta also alleged that the Delhi government is creating "hurdles" in the smooth journey of the

"The Phase-III of the was planned to be completed by December 16, 2016. But due to inaction of the Delhi government the work was delayed by over 15 months," he said.

The legislators also demanded that the Delhi government to reduce the 5 per cent VAT on petrol and diesel.

The discussion on the proposed hike in metro fare got off to a rocky start in the Assembly with two MLAs, who sought an apology from Kejriwal for allegedly using "foul language" in a recent debate on guest teachers, were marshalled out of the House.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 22:57 IST