New Delhi, October 6: The Aam Aadmi Party government on Thursday said it could revoke the appointment of Delhi metro chief Mangu Singh if fares were increased on October 10, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said. “The Delhi government is very serious about disallowing a second fare hike right now. The managing director of DMRC is the government’s nominee. So, he too should voice our views as is expected from other government nominees of the board,” he said.
Singh is one of the Delhi government’s nominees in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) board.
The minister told Hindustan Times, “If the need may arise, where it is found that no effort is being made by him to stop the fare hike, the government will consider removal of the MD.” This can escalate the confrontation between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the DMRC.
After the second hike in October, metro rides will get costlier by up to Rs 10 for those who travel over two kilometers.
A metro official who is not authorized to speak to the media said that as of Thursday evening, the hike was scheduled to be implemented on Tuesday. The Transport Minister has asked chief secretary MM Kutty to tell other government nominated directors on the DMRC board to oppose fare hike.
The four other directors include the chief secretary, commissioner (transport), principal secretary (finance) and retired IAS officer Ramesh Chandra. “It is directed that a meeting of all government-nominated directors, including the DMRC’s MD, be convened by you with a view to direct them to aggressively put up the stand of Delhi government against the proposed fare hike,” Gahlot said in the directive to Kutty.
The chief secretary has been asked to submit a report on the action taken by Friday afternoon.
The Centre and Delhi government have a share of 50 per cent each in the DMRC. While the chairman of its board is always the secretary of the ministry of housing and urban affairs, its MD is appointed by the Delhi government.