AAP to organise protests against metro fare hike in Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party said it will organise protests against the metro fare hike in from October 10.

Delhi’s ruling party said that it will hold ‘satyagraha’ protests at the city’s Metro stations from Wednesday. It also said that it will ‘gherao’ the Urban Development ministry on October 13.

In its poster, they announced the ‘gherao’, the AAP asked the BJP-led government at the Centre to look into the matter and slash the hike.

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AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Gopal Rai has alleged that the decision to raise the metro ticket fare was taken to “benefit” radio cab operators.

He said “The increase in the fare is not to shore up the losses, but it appears that the main purpose is to benefit the Ola and Uber (radio cab operators). The fare hike will further congest Delhi and increase pollution,”.

The Centre, however, stated that that the metro is running in loss and had to hike the prices.
The move to raise Delhi Metro ticket prices comes five months of the last increase, and will affect commuters travelling beyond 5 km. Journeys in the 2-5 km distance slab will cost Rs 5 more.

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The revised fare structure will be: up to 2 km – Rs 10; 2 to 5 km – Rs 20; 5 to 12 km – Rs 30; 12 to 21 km – Rs 40; 21 to 32 km – Rs 50; and for journeys beyond 32 km – Rs 60.
AAP MLAs have been vocal in their opposition to the price hike.

“The government is using the fare hike as a tool to punish the people of Delhi for defeating them (in the 2015 assembly elections),” said Rithala MLA Mohinder Goyal.

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