Protesting against the controversial metro fare hike, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) activists stopped a metro at Vishwavidyalaya Station early this afternoon. Yellow Line services were disrupted for more than half an hour. The CISF and the police immediately rushed to move the reluctant protesters.
The all-India media incharge of NSUI- Neeraj Mishra called it a peaceful and disciplined protest. NSUI previously tried to contact the transport minister, Kailash Gehlot; since no response arrived from his side, they decided to contact the authority through this protest. They reportedly raised slogans against the prime minister and claimed that the central and the state government do nothing but play blame-games.
NSUI-Delhi President, Akshay, along with two other activists, demanded that the proposed hike be withdrawn and students be supplied with subsidized passes.
If the hike does in fact take place, the fares will go up by a maximum of Rs.10 beginning from Tuesday, 10th October. Delhi Government had been opposing this hike; Arvind Kejriwal offered to take over the operations of DMRC.
The centre meanwhile demanded Rs.3000 crores annually for five years if this hike were to be terminated.
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