Not often do we hear Chief Ministers terming the decision taken by their own governments “anti-people”. On Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal criticised the proposed hike in Delhi Metro rail fares and directed his Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to prevent its implementation within a week.
Metro rides, which are availed by more than 2.5 million people average daily across the city, are set to get more expensive from October after fares were scheduled to increase for a second time this
The fares were last revised in May. From the next month, fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 10. The move by Delhi government has since drawn lot of flak with opposition parties raising criticism.
Reacting to the move, Kejriwal surprisingly took on his own minister.
“The Metro fare hike is anti-people. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has been directed to find a solution to prevent hike in metro fares within a week,” Kejriwal tweeted.
A senior government official said the chief minister was not happy with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) move to increase the fares.
“The transport minister can also summon DMRC chief Mangu Singh over the issue if needed…The government will try not to allow Metro to increase its fares,” the official also said.
In May, the DMRC had announced the first phase of the hike in fares as per the recommendations of the fourth Fare Fixation Committee. The second phase will be implemented from October.
(With inputs from PTI)