Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has alleged that the move to increase metro fares is a “conspiracy” to benefit private cab aggregators.
Sisodia on Monday speaking at the Delhi Assembly in support of the resolution moved by the transport minister Kailash Gahlot said, “the fare hike is an attempt to turn Delhi Metro into a premium public transport system.”
He added, “A conspiracy is being hatched to make the Delhi Metro so expensive that people are forced to give up using metro services and start using Ola and Uber.”
“It’s a conspiracy to benefit the private taxi aggregators,” added the deputy chief minister.
Sisodia at the state assembly also asked, “If the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was a soap-selling company, since it is focussing on giving profit on priority.”
On Tuesday the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student organisation affiliated to RSS, held protest outside the Metro Bhawan over hike metro fares.
Earlier on Monday, NSUI members protested the fare hike, stopped train at Vishwavidyalaya.
The Delhi Metro’s revised fare structure is: 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.