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ABVP protests against fare hike outside Metro Bhawan

Melissa Porter | 11 October, 2017, 17:20

"68.68 per cent of the women stated that they would be forced to adopt less safer modes of transportation or would be forced to travel less frequently and won't be able to use the metro as frequently as earlier", the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) said in a statement. It is the second phase of the rate hike that increased by 2km Rs 10.

The Union Urban Development Ministry is considering reducing the Delhi Metro fares, which have already seen two hikes in the last five months.

"The hike is not fair".

"It has nearly doubled".

Arvind Tripathi, 28, who works for a Japanese firm, said: "I paid Rs 60 today from Bata Chowk to Rajiv Chowk".

Another commuter, Sushant, a theatre artist, was also unhappy.

"As per the documents in the financial year 2015-16 of the eight meeting held of the Audit committee at DMRC, Principal Secretary Sanjeev Sahai was present only at one meeting, similarly in the audit committee for 2016-17 of the four meetings held till date officials representing the Delhi government have remained absent in all four" said Anupam, spokesperson of Swaraj India party.

If he would have initiated the "Satyagraha" on the very day when the Metro Fare Fixation Committee held a meeting, then I don't think this move would have been taken into consideration.

On 7 October, the central government told Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that it can not put on hold the proposed Metro fare hike unless state government agrees to pay almost Rs. 3,000 crore annually to DMRC.

The survey revealed that around 61.57 per cent women said they would face severe issues in managing their household expenses following the fare hike.

Asked how this was possible, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said the cabs provide point to point connectivity while Metro commuters hire cycle rickshaws or auto rickshaws to and from Metro stations.

"It is Kejriwal's usual way of lying to the public by coming up with made up names", BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari told ANI.