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NEW DELHI: Terming the ‘steep’ hike in Delhi Metro fares as ‘anti-peo­ple’, Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Thurs­day said that he can­not re­call a sin­gle tar­iff hike of over 100 per cent for any pub­lic ser­vice in sec­tors such as trans­port, elec­tric­ity and water.

Ke­jri­wal on Thurs­day urged Min­is­ter of State for Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs Hardeep Singh Puri that an in­de­pen­dent ex­pert group, ac­cept­able to the Cen­tral and Delhi gov­ern­ments, be set up im­me­di­ately to re­view all the is­sues re­lated to Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC).

In his let­ter to Puri, Ke­jri­wal said that the hike came as a ‘Di­wali gift’ for the peo­ple of Delhi and there has been much con­fu­sion re­lat­ing to facts.

He noted that Metro fares, since 2002, have been hiked four times; 42 per cent in De­cem­ber 2004, eight per cent in De­cem­ber 2005, 37 per cent in Septem­ber 2009 and 110 per cent in Oc­to­ber 2017.

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