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Delhi-Centre clash on increasing Delhi Metro fares
The proposal to increase Delhi Metro fare by Rs10 from October 10 has brought the Central and state governments face to face.

While on one hand the Kejriwal government is opposing the rise in the metro fares, the Centre, and the DMRC, on the contrary, is favouring the increase.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, in a letter to the minister of state urban development Hardeep Singh Puri requested to hold the proposed increase in the metro fares by DMRC suggesting that it is against rules.

In response to which, Hardeep Puri said that "if the fare will not increase metro would become DTC", supporting his statement by mentioning that the priority of the Centre is to provide basic facilities to the metro passengers, and that all the accounts have been audited by DMRC and the data is available in public domain.

He said, "Metro fare did not increase in last 8 years, how it will work, there is only one way, it should become DTC and you have seen the condition of DTC."

Countering the statement of the minister of state, Arvind Kejriwal brought up the statistics of 2015, claiming that the AAP had stopped the increase in the electricity rates proposed by DISCOMS after presenting fake reports of loss, and therefore DMRC accounts shall be checked specifically.

Adding to the above, Kejriwal said, "What is the use of running metro if people will not use metro due to high fare, the fare should not be increased for a minimum of 4 months."

The argument soon turned into a political war with tweets and bytes of politicians in favour or against the increase in metro fares including BJP leader Manoj Tiwari, who stated that all the documents were with the CM, and so, he should not ask for inquiry on reports.

On the other hand, Delhi's deputy CM Manish Sisodia in his statement favouring Delhi government stated: "DTC may be in loss but at least it is serving the people."

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