Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

ABVP protests against fare hike outside Metro Bhawan

ABVP protests against fare hike outside Metro Bhawan

How much does it pinch if one has to pay Rs 10 more per ride on Delhi Metro?

"Delhi government which has a 50 per cent stake in Delhi Metro, didn't attend meetings of committees related to DMRC's functioning in the last two years".

If you are travelling beyond 5 km on the Delhi Metro, be prepared to shell out Rs 10 extra with yet another fare hike coming into effect. Now DMRC charges double rates from the past year.

The latest increase drew strong reactions from commuters, with some saying they would consider alternative public transport. Now, it has been revised twice in a year with the AAP and the BJP in power. "Till yesterday, I was charged Rs 27 and today I shelled out Rs 40 for the same distance", he said. This is not a good thing. But for those Delhi college-goers who take the Metro everywhere, this is proving to be a pain.The students we spoke to ask why the Delhi Metro can't have student passes, just as DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) buses have. He said the hike was not justified as there is no improvement in the services.

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Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai said the fare hike will benefit only the cab aggregators, like Ola and Uber, whose services will become cheaper than Metro. "What stopped the government from opposing the fare hike when the chief secretary is a member of the fare fixation committee?"

While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had already protested against the move, calling it "anti-people", Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is holding a "Satyagraha" protest on Wednesday against the increase in metro fares.

AAP volunteers will launch the agitation at all city metro stations at 4 pm on Wednesday, Rai said.

A DCW statement said, "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 Blue Line of Delhi Metro, which Vanika takes to get to college, happens to be one of the most crowded lines in the Metro network during peak hours.The Delhi Metro has made it possible for students to cut down on commute time and attend college far away from home.

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