Arvind Kejriwal demands independent inquiry into Delhi metro fare hike

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday demanded that the Centre institute an independent inquiry into Delhi Metro's decision to hike fares and raised questions about the latter's accountability.

"The organisation, management, control and accountability of DMRC suffers from several serious flaws and the rationalisation and restructuring of DMRC seems an imminent necessity," Kejriwal said in a letter to the Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep S. Puri.

He asked for the setting up of an "independent Expert Group" acceptable to both state and central government to look into several questions he has raised about the recent fare hike decision.

In the letter, Kejriwal said the latest hike was of over 100 per cent and that he had not seen such a steep hike in any public service, be it transport or electricity or water. He also surmised that the current hike exceeded the rate of inflation -- one of the causes of increase in income and price of goods and services.

"One would have expected that on account of rapidly rising ridership, efficiency improvements and real estate exploitation, metro fares in real terms should have remained constant, if not reduced," he wrote.

The fare hike "demonstrates a complete lack of compassion for the common man", he added.

The decision of hike in metro fare was taken by the three-member Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) which was formed last ...

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