Fare hike will kill Delhi Metro, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Metro lost 3 lakh commuters a day after the October fare hike

"This steep hike in metro fare will kill Delhi Metro".

Meanwhile, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said that both the AAP government and the Centre were responsible for the hike as the Delhi Chief Secretary was a member of the Fare Fixation Committee that recommended the rise in fares.

Kejriwal also asked what goal the metro serves if people stop using it. It implemented a second round of hike on October 10 - fares went up 100% across most slabs compared to pre-May fares.Daily ridership in June 2017 fell by almost 1.5 lakh compared to June 2016.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the steep hike in fares will kill the Metro. The metro now has a 218-km network across Delhi-NCR.

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A section of the media on Friday reported a decline of about 11 per cent in average daily ridership in October - the month of the second of the hikes done in two parts, the first having been implemented in May this year.

In fact, in October 2016, the metro's daily average ridership was a similar 27.2 lakh, despite a comparatively shorter operational route.

The Blue Line – a 50-km corridor connecting Dwarka and Noida, considered the Metro's busiest - lost over 30 lakh commuters in just 20 days of October, according to data released by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in response to the query by a PTI correspondent.

The Delhi government had opposed the fare hike and locked horns with the DMRC and central government over the matter. This came barely five months of another hike of up to 100 per cent.

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