Centre can not put Delhi Metro fare hike on hold, says Minister

The hike is proposed to be implemented on October 10

He also said that the Delhi goverment was ready to take over the DMRC.

The Aam Aadmi Party government has locked horns with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation over the proposed hike to be enforced from October 10 - the second this year.

"The Delhi Government is willing to bear half the grant if only a matching grant is provided by the Central Government". The DMRC was set-up in 1995 with equal equity from the Central government and Delhi government.

"Let an assessment be made of the financial gap likely to be created on account of the postponement of the second fare hike and we will be able to bear half of it", he said. The NSUI activists have demanded that the proposed fare hike should be rolled back.

In a letter written on Sunday, the Chief Minister said, "The Central Government and Delhi Government are 50:50 owners of DMRC".

Marouane Fellaini to miss Liverpool clash with three-week injury lay-off expected
United are now second in the table, behind neighbours Manchester City on goal difference, and seven points ahead of Liverpool . Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out for at least two weeks after suffering a knee ligament sprain while on global duty.

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

Mr Gahlot had met Mr Singh and asked that the proposed hike be put on hold till the Delhi government completes an inquiry in the matter. "Tampering with the recommendations of the FFC is legally untenable".

The discussion on the proposed hike in metro fare got off to a rocky start in the Assembly with two BJP MLAs, who sought an apology from Kejriwal for allegedly using "foul language" in a recent debate on guest teachers, were marshalled out of the House. However, the board rejected the Delhi government's stand by citing Section 37 of the Metro Railways (Operations and Maintenance) Act-2002 - which states that the FFC's recommendations are "binding", "sacrosanct" and not subject to the Centre's intervention.

DMRC's own data shows that the fare hike in May resulted in a decrease in ridership by 5% in the month of June 2017, while in the same month in the last two years the ridership had gone up by 8 and 9% respectively. However, Centre should provide the other half of the funds. The existing fare structure is: up to 2 km - Rs 10, 2-5 km - Rs 15, 5-12 km - Rs 20, 12-21 km - Rs 30, 21-32 km - Rs 40 and for journeys beyond 32 kms - Rs 50. Nobody otherwise would like to hike fares, DMRC spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gal Gadot & Kate McKinnon Kiss in 'Wonder Woman' Parody
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:36
Gal Gadot and Kate McKinnon kissing is just saved my life. The only thing better than one Wonder Woman is two. I mean, I like hummus, but come on.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Star Wars 8: Lucasfilm confirms when The Last Jedi trailer will drop
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:35
To coincide with the trailers release, tickets will officially go on sale tomorrow night during Monday Night Football on ESPN. ESPN and Disney will once again take advantage of corporate synergy to benefit two of the company's biggest properties.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Las Vegas gunman booked hotel overlooking Lollapalooza
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:34
The No. 2 official in the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday he was surprised investigators had not uncovered more. The official stressed the information was preliminary and investigators haven't uncovered any solid evidence yet.

Saudi king signs lucrative deals on landmark Russian Federation visit
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:34
He also said that that Riyadh is "eager to continue the positive cooperation between our nations in the world oil market". Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia announce large investment agreements and joint ventures to further cement relations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Qualifier between Costa Rica and Honduras postponed because of storm
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:34
The last gasp goal was greeted by wild celebrations from players and fans alike at the National Stadium in San Jose. The moment Kendal Waston headbutts the goal officially qualifying Costa Rica to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Miami breaks drought against FSU
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:33
The Canes also had a pair of pass breakups and an interception, while holding the Seminoles to just three points. Jackson redeemed himself with 1:04 remaining in the first half, picking off Blackman at the Miami 32-yard line.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Superman makes an appearance in the final 'Justice League' trailer
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:33
Of course, the fact that we open on a dramatic scene of Amy Adams looking forlorn in an empty field will do that. For starters, this trailer features our first look at Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in any Justice League trailer.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Andrea Pirlo announces retirement
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:32
The 38-year-old enjoyed some of his best years under Conte at Serie A giants Juventus , where the pair enjoyed lots of success. On worldwide front, Pirlo represented his country at every age group and made 116 senior appearances, scoring 13 goals .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top McGregor vs. Ferguson? It's happening … when Conor is ready
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:30
That's exactly how it played out, as Ferguson forced Lee to tap out to a triangle choke to finish the bout at 4:02 of the third round.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ghana capital Accra rocked by huge gas station blasts
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:30
According to eyewitnesses, the place looked like a worn torn zone with fire everywhere and people running for their lives. He said "it is early days yet" to give figures on the number injured or dead, adding there were casualties.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers how to say namaste
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:25
Chief of Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna briefed her about the Army's security preparedness along the India-China border. One of the Chinese soldiers, with a smile on his face, said " Namaste means nice to meet you".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paa Kwesi Fabin soaring with confidence ahead U-17 World Cup opener
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:24
Four out of the six teams that finish third will also get a chance to proceed into the next round determined by goal difference. India are on the brink of qualifying for the 2019 continental tournament with a qualifier against Macau coming up next week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Catalan independence supporters see brighter future alone
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:24
There is no doubt the majority of the people do not want independence. "It's not a state like Kosovo", Mr Borrell told the crowd. He did not rule out suspending Catalonia's regional autonomy - a move that could risk sparking unrest.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Egypt becomes second African country to qualify for the World Cup
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:23
The Pharaohs won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010, but consistently faltered in World Cup qualifying. Congo nearly ruined the party when Arnold Bouka volleyed home to peg back the hosts after Salah's second-half opener.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ben Roethlisberger tosses quintet of picks as Jaguars upset Steelers
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:07
Only Tampa Bay has garnered fewer than Carolina's 118 penalty yards against, and the Buccaneers have only played three games. Both players were limited practice participants on Friday and are among the four players listed as questionable by the team.