Commuters disappointed as Delhi Metro rides get costlier

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has defended the fare hike saying it was needed to “maintain a world-class service”

In the wake of this fare hike decision, Aam Admi Party said that it will organise the protest against the metro rates hike from 10th October, today.

"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.

As part of the two phase revision of Metro fares recommended by the Committee, the fare would remain Rs. 10 for the first 2 km, but will subsequently increase by Rs. 10 in each slab, going up to a maximum of Rs. 60.

The decision to increase the fares was taken after the meeting of Delhi Metro Fare Fixation Committee on Monday. "Who will be happy with such a steep rise, that too twice in a year", said Ajay, a 40-year-old finance sector employee who commutes from Paschim Vihar to Rajiv Chowk.

Another commuter, Sushant, a theatre artist, was also unhappy.

The survey revealed that around 61.57 per cent women said they would face severe issues in managing their household expenses following the fare hike.

"It is Kejriwal's usual way of lying to the public by coming up with made up names", BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari told ANI.

About 30 students from Delhi University's Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) gathered at Gate 6 of the station and demanded a rollback of the fare hike.

One of the commuters said that even after paying the hiked price, people suffer.

New metro fares came into effect on Tuesday despite strong opposition from Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, which had locked horns with the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) over the hike.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the RSS-student wing, staged a demonstration outside the Metro Bhawan here, demanding the roll back of the hike or the issuance of a metro pass on lines of DTC bus pass for students.

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