HC re­fuses to in­ter­fere in Metro fare hike is­sue

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tues­day re­fused to in­ter­fere with the Delhi Metro’s de­ci­sion to in­crease mass rapid tran­sit fare by 100%, say­ing it was a pol­icy de­ci­sion and the court would not like to step into it.

“We are not in­clined to in­ter­fere with it (the Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion) de­ci­sion. Nei­ther do we have any ju­ris­dic­tion to go into it,” the court said, ad­ding that the pe­ti­tioner had not even ap­proached the au­thor­i­ties with his rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Amer Vaid, a se­cond year law stu­dent, had moved the court chal­leng­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of the fourth fare fix­a­tion com­mit­tee of the Delhi Metro to in­crease the fare by 100%.

Seek­ing quash­ing of the rec­om­men­da­tions, which were ef­fected in two phases (May and Oc­to­ber), the plea said the hiked fares were in con­tra­ven­tion to the norms wherein, the dis­tance zone was re­duced from 15 to 6 km, leav­ing NCR cit­i­zens in a “detri­men­tal sit­u­a­tion”.

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