New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) The special session of the Delhi Assembly called to discuss the hike in the metro fare on Tuesday witnessed a blame game between the government and the opposition, as the ruling AAP targeted the Modi government over the issue that had a direct impact on the Delhiites with the fare hike coming into effect.

The Delhi Assembly today also approved a proposal for formation of a nine-member committee to scrutinise the working of the Metro Rail. The committee members will be nominated by Speaker Ram Niwas, as per the resolution that was moved by Somnath Bharti of the ruling AAP.

The Aam Aadmi Party alleged that the central government was conspiring to raise the metro fares to limit the use of the system to the well to do class, and to promote share cab services that will cost cheaper than metro.

The AAP MLAs were also of the opinion that the government was not concerned over the issue of increasing air pollution and traffic congestion in the city, as people who would opt for private transport would contribute to these problems when the metro will be expensive.

The AAP MLAs blamed the centre, saying that the fare fixation committee although had nominees from the Delhi government, still the decisions were taken in a non democratic fashion.

However, the opposition alleged that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was aware of the fare hike six months earlier, but held back the information and was now trying to gain public attention by raising the matter.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the SAD MLA from Rajouri Garden alleged that, had the Delhi government taken timely cognizance of the fact, the present fare hike would have not taken place.

Sirsa also alleged that the Kejriwal government delayed the phase 3 of the metro for more than 2.5 years, allegedly conspiring with the cab aggregators OLA and UBER.
The opposition also attacked the AAP government for ”not improving the Delhi Transport Corporation bus service, not fulfilling the promise made to public for adding new buses to the fleet.”

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said that board for the DMRC had met for around two hours yesterday and said it has no power to change the recommendations of the fare fixation committee (FCC), which had proposed the steep hike last year. Yesterday, the Delhi Assembly had passed a resolution against the hike.

AAP today also said that it will launch a ‘Metro Fare Satyagraha’, starting tomorrow against the rise in Delhi metro fares.

Rural development minister Gopal Rai, while speaking on the sidelines of the assembly said that the AAP volunteers will launch the agitation at all city metro stations at 4 pm on Wednesday, which will continue on Thursday, and on Friday at around 12 noon, they will go to gherao Union Urban Development Ministry at Nirman Bhavan.

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