AAP threat­ens to launch protests over in­crease in Delhi Metro fares

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB - Ashish Mishra ashish.mishra2@htlive.com n

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will protest against Delhi Metro au­thor­i­ties if they go ahead with hike in com­muter fares in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

Gopal Rai, the Delhi unit con­venor of AAP, on Fri­day said the party was uni­vo­cally op­posed to hikes in pub­lic trans­port fare. “We will launch a protest cam­paign if the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion) re­mains adamant on its plan to in­crease Metro fares.A del­e­ga­tion of party MLAs will meet the DMRC chief on Mon­day, and ask him to re­con­sider the de­ci­sion,” he told re­porters at a press con­fer­ence.

Rai also ex­pressed sur­prise at the man­ner in which the DMRC de­cided to in­crease com­muter fares twice in 2017, af­ter re­frain­ing from tak­ing any such step in the last eight years.

The Delhi Metro’s min­i­mum fare was hiked from ~8 to ~10, and the max­i­mum from ~30 to ~50, in May this year.

If the fares are in­creased on Oc­to­ber 10, the max­i­mum fig­ure will go up from ~50 to ~60.

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