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ABVP protests against fare hike outside Metro Bhawan

11 October 2017, 05:17 | Melissa Porter

Commuters line up for tickets outside the Huda City Centre Metro station on Tuesday

Commuters line up for tickets outside the Huda City Centre Metro station on Tuesday

Also, 96.98 per cent of the women want the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to immediately roll back the fare hike.

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.

The Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) student wing staged a protest outside Rajiv Chowk Metro station to denounce the Delhi Metro fare hike on Wednesday.

While the fares in the 5-12 km increased from Rs 20 to Rs 30 on Monday, the 12-21 km slab had witnessed a hike of Rs 10 from Rs 30 to Rs 40.

A group of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) supporters gathered outside the Metro Bhawan and protested against the hike in metro fare in the national capital on Tuesday.

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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