Pay Rs 3000 crore to avoid metro fare hike: Centre to Kejriwal

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Govt warns DMRC Roll back fare hike or face action

Puri, however, said the Centre could consider setting up a new FFC to take a re-look at the proposed hike if the Delhi government agreed to shell out an annual sum of Rs 3,000 crore for the next five years - so the DMRC can pay off its loans and bridge over operational losses.

Kejriwal, through his letter, also informed the central government to his government's readiness to take over DMRC if it wants.

After the Delhi Metro proposed a major hike in fares, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal indicated that he did not support this move.

"As for your suggestion regarding a grant to the DMRC for meeting the gap in their finances, my government is willing to bear half the grant if only a matching grant is provided by the central government".

"Since the central government bears 100 per cent of loss for Kolkata Metro, I see no difficulty if it bears 50 per cent in case of Delhi". The NSUI activists have demanded that the proposed fare hike should be rolled back.

The CM has said since the Delhi Government and the Centre are equal partners in the Delhi Metro, the Centre too should bear the burden of 50 per cent operational costs.

Existing rules do not allow the central government to interfere with the Metro train fares, neither do they allow metro operations either by the state or central governments, Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday.

He hoped that the spirit of partnership would continue to prevail and a mutually acceptable solution would be found.

The proposed increase in Metro ticket prices, within five months of the previous hike, is scheduled to be effective from October 10.

The development comes a day after Mr Gahlot directed chief secretary M.M. Kutty to convene a meeting of all the government-nominated directors on the DMRC board to aggressively oppose the hike at the board meeting. It has locked horns with the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) over the impending second hike this year, following the recommendation of the fourth FFC. The second proposed Metro fare hike has become a bone of contention between the Delhi Government and the Central Government as Kejriwal has termed it "anti-people".

The revised fare structure will be is: up to 2 kms - Rs 10, 2-5 kms - Rs 20, 5-12 kms - Rs 30, 12-21 kms - Rs 40, 21-32 kms - Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 kms - Rs 60.

The AAP has also warned of protests if the DMRC remains adamant at increasing the fares. For the subsequent slabs, it will go up by Rs10 each, which means the maximum fare will be Rs60.

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