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Roll Back Metro Fare Hike

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Say no to Profit over people! Roll back metro fare hike! Provide concessional metro travel passes to the labouring masses and common students!

The recent decision by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to increase fares of Delhi metro upto 66% is disastrous for Delhi’s citizenry. Already the working masses are compelled to make ends meet amid the increasing inflationary pressure. The fare increase done with the purported reason that the losses in running metro need to be offset. But it is false, considering the fact the government continues to give tax rebates in lakhs of crores to business houses, even as it cites inefficiency and losses as reasons to increase metro-fare prices.

The argument of Urban Development Minstry and DMRC that the decision to raise metro prices has been taken very late despite incurring losses is utterly false, since already the fares were very high. Moreover, almost all the metro trains were run jam-packed, thereby adding to metro’s profits. These profits were earned by providing minimal and where existing dismal facilities to the commuters such as urinal, drinking water facility etc. compared to other countries. Also, metro workers are hired on contractual basis, and they do not get even minimum wages, a way Delhi Metro uses to reap yet more profits.

It should also be noted that due to increase in fares women will have to revert to crowded buses, which would cause an increase in incidents of harassment. For the laboring masses and common students the present step would only cause problems, since they already found the fare very high. Moreover, this hike, if not rolled-back, will lead to further use of private vehicles, polluting already polluted Delhi; whereas the need of the hour of is to make Delhi pollution-free.

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