The party, which is in power in Delhi, sees a collision between the central government and the Delhi Metro for effecting the fare hike, so as to help app-based private cab companies make profits, it said.
As the increased Delhi metro fares came into effect on Tuesday, The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday protested outside almost 60 stations of the Delhi Metro, raising slogans against the recent fare hike.
It had announced the "Metro Kiraya Satyagrah" on Tuesday against the Delhi Metro for its decision to increase the fares which, it said, had disturbed the common man's monthly budget. "The "fight" between the Delhi Government and the Center is going to put a big question mark on the future of the Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation", Maken said. What took is so long for Kejriwal to wake up and raise the issue now, despite the fact that KK Sharma the then Chief Secretary, was among the members of the 4th fare fixation committee and even DMRC chief Mangu Singh was given a four-year extension by the Delhi Government. "Wasn't the Delhi CM aware of the metro fare hike", he asked?
He further also said that Puri's demand of Rs 3,000 crore from the Delhi Government if it wants the fares not raised is "far-fetched and away from reality".
Puri dismiised Kejriwal's suggestion of the Centre and Delhi government sharing the operational expenses, saying it would be a violation of the existing policy governing financing of metro projects.
Responding to the suggestion, Kejriwal said that his government will pay the amount only if the Centre pays a matching amount to afford the losses. He also surmised that the current hike exceeded the rate of inflation - one of the causes of increase in income and price of goods and services.