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Metro has become out of reach of common man: Kejriwal on CSE report

9/5/2018

New Delhi, Expressing disappointment over decline in Delhi Metro ridership due to increase in fares, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the Metro has become out of reach of common man. 'As CM of Delhi, I feel v sad that such an important means of transport has become out of reach of common man,' Mr Kejriwal said in a tweet reacting to Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)'s new study that claimed that Metro remains the second most unaffordable system in terms of percentage of income spent for using it. All those who have given up metro are now contributing to Delhi’s pollution by using road based tpt,' the Chief Minister said. The study said, 'Of nine metropolitan cities across the world which have operational Metro systems and where the cost for a 10-km trip is less than half a US dollar, the Delhi Metro remains the second most unaffordable system in terms of percentage of income spent for using it.' The study said that modern transport systems are becoming increasingly unaffordable for urban commuters.It said modern public transport systems are becoming unaffordable: 34 per cent of Delhi’s population excluded from basic non-AC bus services as it cannot afford them. 'Increase in Delhi Metro fares has stirred larger policy questions: Should Metros seek to meet their costs from fares, or look at other financing methods and non-fare revenue? the study said. Delhi Metro saw a sudden drop in ridership following the fare hike – approximately, by 4.2 lakh passengers by 2018.This, say CSE experts, 'is symptomatic of the lack of overall policy for pricing of all transport services and a lack of strategy for funding of these systems and increasing ridership.' The AAP government had vehemently opposed the Metro hike. Last year, the DMRC hiked fares twice, in May and October.

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