The 9.7-km line was inaugurated by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri here on Monday.
New Delhi: Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Monday urged the Delhi Metro to work on “lowering fares” for commuters, asserting that it was possible to do it if pursued with commitment.
He said this in the presence of Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Hardeep Singh Puri, DMRC chief Mangu Singh and HUA secretary D.S. Mishra after the inauguration of 9.7-km Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 corridor of the Pink Line at the Metro Bhawan .
The 9.7-km line was inaugurated by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri here on Monday, which directly connects south and east Delhi on the rapid transit network. This section has one interchange station, Mayur Vihar Ph-1.
“We all take pride in Delhi Metro and we salute the engineers and others who have built it... But, Metro is a need of Delhi and not a leisure that sometimes people would go out with the family for a ride. It is part of our daily lives. And, I feel, the fares are high as far as the common man is concerned,” Mr Sisodia said. “We will have to find ways to lower it,” he added. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, however, did not comment on Mr Sisodia’s remarks.
Mr Sisodia said while deciding fares for a metro in a city like Delhi or a country like India, the socio-economic structure will have to be factored in.