Centre-Delhi Metro partnership a facade: Kejriwal to MoS Puri

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Centre-Delhi Metro partnership a facade: Kejriwal to MoS Puri

To this, the commission chief said, "At a time when six rapes and several cases of eve-teasing and harassment are reported each day, the metro fare hike has forced women to go back to less safer modes of transportation".

The Delhi unit of the Congress party has chose to stage protests outside Metro stations in the city on Friday against the recent increase in its fare.

He added that the contention that operational losses must be borne "solely by the Delhi government" established "absurdity of the prevailing arrangements where all losses are required to be borne by the Delhi government even though it has no say whatsoever in the management of DMRC".

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Mr Kejriwal asked Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri why it was all right for the centre to bear losses for Kolkata Metro, but not Delhi. It indicates that when the decision of hiking the fare was being taken, both the representatives were present there but they did not object.

In the letter, Kejriwal said the latest hike was of over 100 per cent and that he had not seen such a steep hike in any public service, be it transport or electricity or water.

According to the Newspaper, We are against this decision and want a rollback", said Kushal Singh, 35, a teacher from Nehru Nagar.A retired government employee, Ashish Kumar Bhatacharya, 64, who also joined the protestors, accused the Centre of burning a hole in the common man's pockets by increasing the fares."We are already hit by inflation and new tax regimes. The fares had gone up in May as well.

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Referring to that, Mr. Kejriwal wrote: "This is truly a odd proposition". Their target for the attack, however, depended on their politics.

Manjinder S Sirsa, an Akali Dal lawmaker, blamed Mr Kejriwal for not raising his voice earlier.

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Accusing the Centre of "discriminating" against Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday asked the Union government to set up an "independent expert group" to review the decision to hike Metro fares that came into effect on Tuesday.

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