Fare hike did not benefit anyone, says Kejriwal

Delhi Metro lost 3 lakh commuters a day after the October fare hike

Fare hike did not benefit anyone, says Kejriwal

"Metro fare hike has not benefitted anyone [sic]", he wrote in a tweet.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the hike in fares will "kill the Delhi Metro" operations and questioned its objective of the transport facility. "If people stop using it, then what goal does it serve", Mr Kejriwal tweeted.

Clarifying about the reported drop in ridership of commuters in the month of October, the Delhi Metro on Friday said the loss can not exclusively be attributed to the fare hike in that month. The Ministry of Urban affairs has clarified that the metro's fare structure was determined by a statutory body and that neither the Centre nor the state government had any role.

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Kejriwal, who along with his Aam Aadmi Party had opposed the fare hike, had also said that many passengers have taken to other means of transport, leading to increased pollution and congestion on the city's roads. The fares were increased from October 10, despite strong opposition from the AAP-led Delhi government which had locked horns with the DMRC over the hike - the second this year. It implemented a second round of hike on October 10 - fares went up 100% across most slabs compared to pre-May fares.Daily ridership in June 2017 fell by almost 1.5 lakh compared to June 2016.

The fall in the number of passengers was over 19 lakh on the Yellow Line, another busy corridor which connects Gurgaon to north Delhi's Samaypur Badli, DMRC said.

The 50-km corridor connects Dwarka to Noida. With the loss in ridership, will the Delhi metro now suffer a major setback?

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