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The steep hike in Delhi metro fares, an unprecedented 100% in five months, is a glaring instance of how the interests of the aam aadmi are so easily short-changed by traditional policymaking in the garb of sound economics. The Aam Aadmi Party, led by CM Arvind Kejriwal, has vigorously opposed this anti-people move raising the fundamental question: Was the Delhi metro built for profits?

AAP leader Atishi Marlena has explained why the Delhi government is opposed to the hike. Several newspapers and opinion leaders have voiced support for AAP’s position. An Indian Express editorial said DMRC’s methods belie economic logic, while independent analyses published in Mumbai Mirror, Indian Express, First Post and Asia Times show a wide range of arguments how the metro fare hike is opaque and undemocratic, the annual loss reported by DMRC is notional, and how the fare hike risks alienating the very masses which a mass transit system is supposed to serve.

Faced with AAP’s relentless opposition, the Centre has now agreed to set up an independent expert group to review the finances of DMRC and the economics of fare hike. The obvious question is – why not earlier? The Delhi Assembly has set up a nine-member committee as well to examine the rationale of the fare hike. What do you think?

Please comment your views at the end of this article, and we will forward it to the Delhi Assembly committee.

You can also write to the Union Minister for Urban Development Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri on Twitter or on email at minister-mohua@nic.in. Make your voice heard!

When expressing your views in the comments, please use clean and dignified language, even when you are expressing disagreement. Also, we encourage you to Flag any abusive or highly irrelevant comments. Thank you.

Akshay Marathe

33 Comments

    • M L Bhargava

      Surprising our countrymen are blind to one fact that BJP is a party for the rich by the rich and influenced by the rich.The history of BJP is making the poor upgrade to poorer and rich to richer class.Earlier the word of quadrangle a development project was to raise the transport charges by levying TOLL and just see the rates,The time wasted at the toll booths,The fuel wastage and contribution to the pollution in and around toll booths.Transportation charges increased from 6 to 10% and so the price of all vegetables etc.The companies who paid bribe and have collected many times the cost of project are still contractors.Most of the Booth licencees are politically connected.Result the middle and poor class is dying under rising prices while the funds of Political parties is multiplying This gift stated with Vajpayee Govt is being supported by the Modi Government.There is over all increase in taxation surcharges and increases in the number of toll, Fares and now hose tax,Parking Fees etc So BJP is a squeezing blood of the poor citizen and howls of Development.trains are dirty .filthy and catering is dismal.making money on emergency tickets is another way to suck the blood.Do not worry now we are paying GST on atta,Dal ,salt &all which is consumed by all poor as well as rich.Both State as well as Center share the loot.So do not worry they will increase the rates or Taxes but it will be the poor who will have to share the burden..Most of the business men donot issue Receipts and so swindle the public as well as Government and polish the Tax or increase price and name it on GST.May God save the poor from proposed blood sucking development.

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    • raj kumar

      hike in metro fare is injustice to delhities

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    • KERSASP NALLADARU

      Today India is in the grips of its own bloodthirsty illiterate Politicians. India truly has been abandoned to its independence.

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    • DHRUVA SHARMA

      Dear Sir,
      I’m also a AAP supporter since its inception into politics. I also worked voluntary for the party in the assembly elections. I resides one of the posh locality of delhi, so i know many citizens of my locality who has given vote to AAP. So, i want to say that dmrc fare hike somewhere is acceptable in middle class families who use delhi metro for their daily works or for travelling. Because due to fare hike the peak hour rush reducing dramatically & daily office goers can travel convinently. So, this fare hike is acceptable for those who want to hassle free travel. In my opinion, fare should be regularize when every sections of society feel convienent to travelling in the metro.

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    • Anil Rajput

      Public transport should be encouraged and subsidised , it will not only have impact on less consumption of oil and reduced pollution of gases and dust particles , less traffic and jams on roads which will further reduce the pollution.

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    • Manoj manaksiya

      Delhi metro have equal equity of central and delhi govt..increase in hike of metro fares is neither justifiable nor acceptable because it will make metro facilities beyond the reach of common man and lead to increase in population..aap govt agreed to bear half loss is justified because it have 50% equity in metro and center should bear the rest 50% because central too have 50% equity..modi govt become always silent in matter which is related to common public..narendra modi is dictator..he only use to praise his decision of note ban, gst..modi order lathi charge to bhu girls..i hate him..fare hike is totally wrong..bjp congress politicians is corrupt people..

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    • Neeraj Batra

      Metro fare hike is very unjust. Its another loot from central government. Totally undemocratic. Why Modi govt is so much bent upon to suck all indians of there hard-earned cash

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    • Isaac

      The decision of the Central Govt in collusion with DMRC to effect an increase in the fare is not commendable nor acceptable, more so by the recent disclosure that DMRC is earning profits before depreciation. Why should the Central Govt and DMRC not be open to financial audit as has been the persistent demand of the Delhi Govt. which has created in the minds of the observer and user of Delhi metro that there is a lack of transparency and there is a concerted effort by vested authorities to thwart an investigation into the financial aspect of DMRC. Delhi Govt being a 50% partner in the project, the Central Govt erred in ignoring the pleas of Delhi government.

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    • Sudeep

      It is an unfair price hike. For.a.company that is running in profit, what is the logic of chasing after even more profits by burdening the public.

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    • Vineet Bhalla

      Till now we have seen no irresponsible action on the part of AAP Delhi govt since it’s formation. Keeping in view the track record of the AAP Delhi govt and the fact that it’s finances have been consistently in the black, the GoI must take cognisance of the inputs of the AAP Delhi govt in rationalising the metro fares and other methods for generating revenue through proper land use, else people will start discarding the costly metro and the system will start needing ever increasing fares to sustain “PROFITS!!”, thus alienating the average user. Some fare increment may be justified but the ridiculous jump in fares is a recipe for disaster

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    • Shrey D Sharma

      Dear Sir,
      Greetings!!
      Fare hike in metro doesn’t counts too much me. My point is that I see people from remote locations who come to NCR for employment, are unable to use metro. It was so convenient for them earlier but now even they are stranded.
      I shouldn’t compare DMRC with Bullet Train which has been proposed on an almost empty track, which will run empty for sure. Whereas at Kashmiri Gate or Rajiv Chowk or MG Road whole capacity of Bullet Train is filled at one shot.
      Buses are slow and depends upon free flow of traffic. People can’t rely on that as everyone’s time bound.
      I am ready to participate in hunger strike and accompany you in agitation, as this is a SLAP on the face of less privileged, time- bound, ordinary men and women of India. This needs to be highlighted so that it is not repeated in any other place.
      #aap, #aapgovt, aap govt, #affordabletransport , affordable transport , #delhimetro , Delhi metro , #delhimetrofarehike , Delhi metro fare hike .

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    • Pawan Vijay

      Not in favour of fare hike

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    • MEHAR BHAI

      UOI FAILED TO MAKE DELHI AS ‘WORLD MODEL CAPITAL’ AS ASSURED DURING ELECTIONS BUT INDULGED IN VESTED SELFISH DIRT MOTIVES OF PARTY POLITICS MADE THE PUBLIC TO SUFFER.CONSTITUTIONAL SINS : DELHI JUNG:DIRT POLITICS-DEMOCRACY MURDER:All ‘CAGED PARROTS’.Practically, UOI made Delhi with ‘NO ELECTED GOVT.’ Sad,Constitutional functionaries still act as political parties agents and always anti if opposition party in power in the states.’DISCRETION MEANS CORRUPTION’-UNCAC.per Holy Constitution Delhi not U.T.but ‘state ‘with elected govt.UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO TREAT DELHI AS U.T. WITH ELECTED GOVT-FRAUD WITH PUBLIC.THE CAGED PARROTS ALWAYS THINK THEY ARE ABOVE ‘SUPREME LAW’ AND NEVER COMPLY ‘SPIRITUAL LAWS’.ALL KALYUGI KINGS -MANMARJI RAJ. Political appointments with ‘CORRUPT PICK-CHOOSE PRACTICE’ FOR GOVERNORS AND LGs NEVER OPPOSE THE BOSS despite honorable Supreme Court;”ENSURE TRANSPARENCY IN APPOINTMENTS..”LG NEVER FEEL AS PART OF DELHI GOVT. BUT ALWAYS POSES ABOVE ALL SUPER POWERS AND NO ROL

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    • Arvinder

      Delhi Metro is a highly well maintained, comfortable, convinient and safe mode of transport. In order to maintain its high standards operational expenses definately will be there. But if the fares become too high that they start pinching a common man then it will discourage use of metro. Hence fares should be kept at affordable levels and currently they seem to be on higher side.

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    • Bhaskar mishra

      I am very disappointed with your decision… I suggest you take overruled your decision for delhi metro fare hike…. Otherwise you will be disappointed in next election of delhi… Because with your decision journal person of middle class is very engry and very disappointed… You have to overruled your decision … Jai hind

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      • AJAY RTI

        This not AAP Decision. This done by 16 members committee having 12 members by center.

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    • Phool Singh

      Delhi Metro is meant for public (aam admi) to give them convenient facility. So, fare should be nominal. Loss if any should be born by govt.

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    • Tamsilhussain

      Delhi metro fare hike is a whimsical decision of DMRC which defies logic…it is not a capitalist body to make profit…
      It has to be lean and give back to the people while charging low on fares..
      Don’t give the rich an alternate to OLA. N UBER And make the poor go to buses and uncomfortable broken journey..
      We the youth are with AAP..

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    • Pravesh Singhal

      I think first of all govt should immediate stop hiked fare and then after “The Delhi Assembly & 9 Member committee to – examine the rationale of the fare hike”

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    • Pendharkar

      Only 5% of the population pays taxes while 95% demand all the facilities for free! AAP supports that demand to give it free.

      Amazing people!

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      • AJAY KUMAR

        Mr. every person is paying tax, at various level

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    • jerry amaldev

      There is nothing new in the fare hike. The ordinary citizens of India have been milked by the heartless in power. And they continue to be milked by them. The question is: will the citizens wake up or continue to sleep.

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    • Ashish Kumar

      I think Delhi metro is blood line for Delhi State and its connected to all Delhi people while increased fare rate of metro aam aadmi directly effected.
      If central Government ask Rs. 5000 caror of Delhi Government for development metro and stop hike rate why Delhi Government give them Rs5000 cr.. because Delhi Metro becomes for aam aadmi of Delhi state and also Delhi Government becomes for aam aadmi of Delhi state.

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    • K Gurumurthy

      Let us have a vision for Delhi. For Delhites whether he is a peon travelling two hours daily to reach office in time, or Chief Executive Officer of a company getting stuck in traffic daily, time is at a premium. Let us envision a seamless travel. Nobody should have to wait in bus stop for more than two minutes. Let us take advantage of the IT technology, swipe smart cards and move faster. A person should be table to travel seamlessly even if it is such 100 meters, by auto, by DTC bus, or metro. With use of smartcards, even paying fraction of rupee fare is possible. A person should be able to board an auto, bus, or metro by swiping the same smartcard which is connected to his bank account. AAP Govt. should run Fifty Thousand DTC buses and give metro a run for its money. AAP Govt. should run DTC efficiently and transparently. How can metro in such a situation dare to raise fares ?
      Have a vision and implement it.

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    • SHARAD SHUKLA

      Sir,
      Just glance the dichotomy , increasing the fares in Metro is unquestionable and we can not question as is appearing from the style of the functioning of authorities but we the common public has fundamental right to question the operational efficiency of the so called the authorities ,had it been par excellent the fares would have been inching towards decline and not increase . This indicates 100% plunge in their efficiency . Let the entire operations go public , they must have cut down unwarranted operational expenses they have not as per competence .

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    • Gopal

      The elected govt should decide the fares. They know the pulse of the people of Delhi and whether they are ready for a fare hike. Whether it is logical to increase it or not, the decision should be taken after consultation with state govt and the populace.

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    • K Gurumurthy

      AAP should appreciate that Metro should recover its costs and make some profit also. It is one thing to say that Metro accounts should be properly audite which I support. It is another thing to say that metro fare should not be hiked at all. If at all, only People Below Poverty line can be granted some concession in metro fares also. That is all. Let us not be too populist. We should appreciate that every thing has a cost to it.

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    • SRILA

      INDIA IS ABOUT – DIVERSITY! FROM COLORS, SHAPES, LANGS, TRADITIONS, CULTURE, CUISINES…..SO ALSO IN THE EARNINGS AND SPENDING POWER AND POCKETS OF PEOPLE!!

      EVEN IN THE REG COMMUTER TRAINS WE HAVE SO MUCH CATEGORIES, WHY NOT ‘BOOST’ COMFORT AND CHARGE ACCORDINGLY, SLASHED NOMINAL PASSES FOR REG COMMON MEN AND SO ON . EXECUTIVE COACH WITH ADDED FACILITIES TO PLUG IN GADGETS AND WI-FI WITH SEATING CAPACITY ONLY, WOMEN ONLY (GIVEN THAT ITS DELHI!) IF ITS NOT ALREADY THERE

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    • Ashish

      Government should understand that it is extremely important for the Mass Transport to remain profitable on their own and not left to funds from Government. An unprofitable MRT system would mean cost cutting on important aspects like safety, efficiency and labor costs as well

      We have seen what happens to MRT where the Government tried to lure the people by keeping price low. Indian Railways is the prime example of the same. Due to bleeding losses, we are not only the worst on the efficiency but also on the safety

      We don’t want our metro to be the same. A cheap mode of transport where there is no safety or comfort

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    • Navneet kumar

      The steep hike in metro price has completely ignored the interest of students who have to pay almost double what was before.metro authority should resort to other mode of revenue generation like advertisement etc or allow some concession to students.

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    • Mittal

      It is blunder of BJP Govt to increase metro fare. Public opinion should be sought before such increase?

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    • Ravi Lingam

      It should be left prevalent Govt of Delhi

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    • Col Tapesh Chandra Sen

      A Government has certain duties and obligations to its people. Facilitating ease of travel is one of them. This in turn improves efficiency of the workforce and raises GDP and government earns through the taxes it levies. I fully support AAP on this.

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