Amid reports that Delhi Metro ridership has substantially plummeted after the fare hike, the Centre has sought to dispel the impression that it pushed for the tariff increase while the Delhi government was against the move.
Summary: "Metro fare hike has not benefitted anyone", he said.AAP government has vehemently opposed the fare hike.
This was after an RTI reply revealed that Delhi Metro had lost over three lakh commuters a day due to the fare increase.
Kejriwal also asked what objective the metro serves if people stop using it.
On Friday, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), in its defence had said the loss can not exclusively be attributed to the fare hike and there were monthly variations noted throughout the year. The metro now has a 218-km network across Delhi-NCR.
The fall in the number of passengers was over 19 lakh on the Yellow Line, another busy corridor which connects Gurgaon to north Delhi's Samaypur Badli, DMRC said.
A section of the media on Friday reported a decline of about 11 per cent in average daily ridership in October - the month of the second of the hikes done in two parts, the first having been implemented in May this year. In a tweet, he wrote, "That many passengers have taken to other means of tpt, thus increasing pollution n congestion on roads".
His tweet read, "This steep hike in metro fare will kill Delhi Metro". This came barely five months of another hike of up to 100 per cent. The two-phase fare hike effected in May and October was recommended by the same committee.