Sisodia says Delhi Metro fare hike to help Ola, Uber; assembly passes resolution against move
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 last hike was effected in May.delhi Updated: Oct 09, 2017 19:31 IST
The Delhi assembly passed on Monday a resolution against the proposed Metro fare hike even as the proceedings got off to a rocky start.
Participating in the discussion on the resolution, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said Metro fares are being increased so that cab aggregators Ola and Uber will be cheaper and people would give up using Metro.
Without naming the Centre, Sisodia said there was an attempt to make the Delhi Metro “premium public transport”, but the AAP government would not allow it.
“Conspiracy is being hatched so that Ola and Uber companies will be benefited. This is being deliberately done so that the fares of Metro are more than that of taxis of private companies,” Sisodia told the House.
Two BJP MLAs, who sought an apology from chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for using “foul language” during a recent debate on guest teachers, were marshalled out of the House during the discussion.
Speaker Ram Niwas Goel ordered that Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Om Prakash Sharma be marshalled out, as the BJP MLAs kept raising the issue despite his repeated requests to stick to the agenda of fare hike. This prompted a walkout by the other two BJP MLAs, Vijender Gupta and Jagdish Pradhan.
Sirsa alleged that Kejriwal’s statement in the House, during the October 4 debate on guest teachers, directed at the BJP was “derogatory and insulting to women”.
Goel, in his response, said the BJP was merely trying to divert attention from the issue of metro fare hike. “You are taking Delhi towards destruction,” he said at one point, as AAP MLAs collectively derided Sirsa.
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 last hike was effected in May.
The resolution moved on Wednesday by transport minister Kailash Gahlot urged the Union urban development ministry to “quickly and actively intervene” so that the proposed “unlawful and anti-people fare hike” be reversed in the interest of common people and the environment.
On Monday, Gahlot said Delhi Metro was not made to be a world-class profitable venture but it’ll be world class when people leave their vehicles and use it.
Other members of the ruling AAP said they won’t allow the fares to go up and they will protest if fares are hiked.
Earlier, CM Kejriwal had asked Gahlot to find a way to stop the “anti-people” fare hike.
The DMRC defended its decision by saying its input costs had gone up over the years and the increase was at par with Metro rails in other cities.
Earlier, the central government had informed Kejriwal it cannot put on hold the proposed hike unless his government gives about Rs 3,000 crore annually to DMRC as grant-in-aid for the next five years. In response, Kejriwal said his government was ready to pay Rs 1,500 crore a year, if the centre was ready to fund the other half.
He also said the Delhi goverment was ready to take over the DMRC.