AAP to launch Metro Fare Satyagraha against Delhi metro rates increase

Commuters line up for tickets outside the Huda City Centre Metro station on Tuesday

"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". It is the second phase of the rate hike that increased by 2km Rs 10.

To me, the passengers are not averse to a fare hike, unlike politicians, provided the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) maintains a high standard of ridership quality, which has deteriorated in the recent past.

For example, Ravi Ranjan, who travels daily between Malviya Nagar and Noida Sector 16, used to pay Rs 32 for one-way ride.

Such commuters living in areas such as Azadpur, Nangloi, Mansarovar Park and Vasundhara Enclave said they would not mind paying extra if the Metro improves its services and upgrades its facilities and amenities, which, they added, should include "last-mile connectivity through feeder buses, better integration with buses ~ and women safety, especially during late night hours".

The latest increase drew strong reactions from commuters, with some saying they would consider alternative public transport. "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.

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

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The fare hike was approved by the Fare Fixation Committee of three members, one each from the Delhi and central governments, and the third, a retired High Court judge. "Now they are misleading the people of Delhi", Yogendra Yadav said.

With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protesting against the Delhi Metro fare hike, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that it is Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's usual way of lying to the public by coming up with names such as "Satyagraha".

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.

Fares of the Delhi Metro have been revised.

Rai said that the AAP will launch a "satyagraha" across the national Capital to demand a rollback and protest outside all metro stations on Wednesday and will gherao Nirman Bhawan, the office of the Union Urban Development Ministry, on Thursday.

Several people, however, felt that Delhi Metro's fare hike was necessary to enable it to provide world class services.