Earlier, union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to pay up about Rs 3,000 crore annually for five years to DMRC, if it wants to continue low fares. The minimum fare of Delhi Metro was hiked from Rs 8 to Rs 10, and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50, in May this year.
In a sarcastically-worded reply to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday, the Chief Minister called the fare hike a "Diwali gift for the people of Delhi duly wrapped in your. letter". Mr. Puri had then said the Delhi government would have to bear all the losses.
The Delhi unit of the Congress party has chose to stage protests outside Metro stations in the city on Friday against the recent increase in its fare.
"This entire episode demonstrates that while the Delhi government and Central Government are equal partners in the DMRC, the Delhi Government has virtually no say in its management", Kejriwal wrote.
The Chief Minister said it wasn't that his government was against fare hikes but it should be allowed "only to the extent necessary". 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. This means that Delhi commuters have to pay 100 per cent more than what they were paying till May this year. The fares had gone up in May as well.
"Kejriwal and BJP have made Diwali bitter for the people of Delhi through the hike in the metro fare", Maken said.
Referring to that, Mr. Kejriwal wrote: "This is truly a unusual proposition". "And now we have to pay almost double the fares in metro if we count both the hikes implemented in six months", he said.The Delhi Metro fares were increased from Tuesday despite strong opposition from the AAP government.
He also said that the three-way partnership between Centre, Delhi government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was a "facade" which is being used by the corporation for scoring large funding from the Delhi government.