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Kejriwal demands independent inquiry into metro fare hike

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday demanded that the Centre institute an independent inquiry into Delhi Metro’s willpower to hike fares and raised questions regarding the latter’s accountability.

“The organisation, management, control and accountability of DMRC suffers from several serious flaws and the rationalisation and restructuring of DMRC seems an imminent necessity,” Kejriwal talked about in a letter to the Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep S Puri.

He requested for the organising of an “independent Expert Group” acceptable to every state and central authorities to look into quite a few questions he has raised regarding the present fare hike willpower.

In the letter, Kejriwal talked about the most recent hike was of over 100 per cent and that he had not seen such a steep hike in any public service, be it transport or electrical vitality or water. He moreover surmised that the current hike exceeded the pace of inflation — certainly one of many causes of enhance in income and price of merchandise and suppliers.

“One would have expected that on account of rapidly rising ridership, efficiency improvements and real estate exploitation, metro fares in real terms should have remained constant, if not reduced,” he wrote.

The fare hike “demonstrates a complete lack of compassion for the common man”, he added.

The willpower of hike in metro fare was taken by the three-member Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) which was long-established ultimate 12 months with one advisor from the Centre and the Delhi authorities each and the third, a retired extreme court docket docket determine.

Kejriwal claimed that in implementing the second hike inside six months of each other, the FFC’s recommendation of a spot of 1 12 months between the two hikes was moreover ignored.

The first hike was utilized in May this 12 months, whereas the second was pressed in on Tuesday this week.

He moreover talked about that the three-way partnership between Centre, Delhi authorities and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was a “facade” which is being utilized by the corporate for scoring big funding from the Delhi authorities.

“… DMRC is in no way accountable to the Delhi government, nor does it pay any heed to our directions,” Kejriwal talked about.

He moreover remarked on the Centre’s rejection of his authorities’s provide to pay half the payments of the Delhi Metro as absurd, for the affiliation, as he claimed, was like “where all losses are required to be borne by the Delhi government even though it has no say whatsoever in the management of DMRC”.

The technique whereby the second hike was launched no matter ples of postponement by the Delhi authorities was “high handed, to say the least”, Kejriwal talked about.

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