On 7 October, the central government told Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that it can not put on hold the proposed Metro fare hike unless state government agrees to pay almost Rs. 3,000 crore annually to DMRC.
Delhi Metro on Tuesday steeply increased its fares - the second time this year - despite opposition from the Delhi government, igniting mostly negative responses from commuters amid some confusion over the hike.
Meanwhile, the fare hike issue was discussed at lengths in the Delhi Legislative assembly.
It declared a "Metro Fare Satyagraha" at all Metro stations at 4 p.m. on Wednesday that would continue on Thursday and on Friday at 12 noon when AAP workers will lay siege to the Union Urban Development Ministry housed in Nirman Bhavan here.
The move to raise Delhi Metro ticket prices came five months within the last one, and has affected commuters travelling beyond five km.
"In some cases, the fare difference between Metro and shared cab rides would be minimal but people may not mind paying a bit more for cab rides", Bhardwaj told IANS.
"68.68 per cent of the women stated that they would be forced to adopt less safer modes of transportation or would be forced to travel less frequently and won't be able to use the metro as frequently as earlier", the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) said in a statement.
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