"The fare has increased suddenly and substantially". The hike, which comes five months within the last one, will affect every commuter of the mass rapid transit who travels beyond 5 km, while journeys falling in the 2-5 km distance slab will cost Rs 5 more.
Smart card users, who, according to DMRC's estimates, happen to be 70 per cent of the metro's total ridership, will continue to get 10 percent discount on each ride. Holding placards and shouting slogans, the protestors voiced their anger against the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
"At a time when six rapes and several cases of eve- teasing and harassment are reported each day, the metro fare hike has forced women to go back to less safer modes of transportation", Maliwal said.
"The hike is not fair". This is not a good thing.
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The Centre, however, has maintained that the hike seeks to cut down Metro losses. The RSS-affiliated student outfit also demanded special concessionary passes for students in Delhi.
Politics over the revised Metro fares, implemented from Tuesday, refuses to die with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) resorting to all means to up the heat.
"If the fares of Ola, Uber (cab aggregators) will be lesser, people will not use Metro", Gahlot said.
"The authorities say that the Metro is running in losses, but while travelling, we have witnessed that there is no space in the Metro to even step in".
"Delhi government which has a 50 per cent stake in Delhi Metro, didn't attend meetings of committees related to DMRC's functioning in the last two years. As per the documents in the financial year 2015-16 of the eight meeting held of the Audit committee at DMRC, Principal Secretary Sanjeev Sahai was present only at one meeting, similarly in the audit committee for 2016-17 of the four meetings held till date officials representing the Delhi government have remained absent in all four" said Anupam, spokesperson of Swaraj India party.