If Delhi Metro is an 'expensive luxury liner', AAP govt should buy more buses: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday dubbed as "absurd" the suggestions that Delhiites shifted to other modes of transport like cab services or started buying expensive cars due to the recent metro fare hike.

The comments come in the backdrop of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal having written a letter to Puri, seeking a review of the hike and reiterating his offer to partially bear the cost of the proposed "claw back".

Hitting out at the AAP-led Delhi government, the housing and urban affairs minister said if the metro had become an "expensive luxury liner", the city government should increase the number of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses. He also claimed that there was a 35 percent dip in the DTC ridership.

In response to Kejriwal's letter, the Union minister had said neither the Centre nor the Delhi government has powers to rollback the fares fixed by the fixation committee headed by a retired judge, and claimed that metro ridership on three different days in October this year were higher than in 2016.

However, an RTI query revealed in November that the Delhi Metro lost over three lakh commuters a day after the steep fare hike came into effect on 10 October.

Puri had said that the dip in ridership could not be linked to the fare hike, which, the metro said, was necessary for maintaining "efficiency".

The metro fare hike has led to a rise of around Rs 10 for nearly every distance slab. The decision had come barely five months after the previous hike of up to 100 percent.

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Updated Date: Dec 16, 2017 17:28:56 IST

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