Di­a­logue panel to ex­am­ine hike

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Htre­porters@htlive.com

NEWDELHI: Chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal has asked the chief sec­re­tary to di­rect Delhi Di­a­logue Com­mis­sion (DDC) to find out if the re­cent Metro fare hike was un­jus­ti­fied and whether it could have been avoided.

In a let­ter ad­dressed to the chief sec­re­tary on Wed­nes­day, Ke­jri­wal said that the hike had caused con­sid­er­able dis­tress to the peo­ple of Delhi and could not have come at a worse time when the “econ­omy was in re­ces­sion and un­em­ploy­ment soar­ing”.

“Be­ing an equal part­ner in DMRC, the Delhi gov­ern­ment is con­cerned with the said hike and its im­pact on the com­mon man. DDC may, there­fore, be di­rected to ex­am­ine the is­sues and sub­mit its rec­om­men­da­tions,” read the let­ter.

The DDC was con­sti­tuted in March 2015 by the AAP gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment its vision for gov­er­nance. Chief min­is­ter is the chair­man of the nine-mem­ber com­mis­sion and AAP leader Ashish Khetan vicechair­man.

“Is the hike in metro fares jus­ti­fied? Could it have been avoided? ” the let­ter said. The CM also wants the DDC to find out, “Did the rep­re­sen­ta­tives if GNCTD ef­fec­tively present their view­point in com­mit­tees/ boards?”

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