AAP & Mr . Sreedharan : Popularly known as the Metro man because of his contribution since it’s inception. “After stepping down from the managing director’s post in 2011 he decided not to intervene in Delhi Metro’s working. But Delhi government’s recent proposal has compelled him to do so, he added in his letter to Prime minister.
The Aam Admi Party ( AAP) has recently announced free metro and bus rides for women passengers in Delhi NCR . Following to his proposal, the former Delhi Metro Chief E.Sreedharan has written to Prime minister Narendra Modi not to agree on Delhi Governments’ proposals.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is an equal partnership between the Delhi government and the center. Being a major adviser to DMRC AAP Sreedharan said that Prime minister’s personal intervention highly required .
“One shareholder cannot take a unilateral decision to give concession to one section of the community. And push Delhi Metro into inefficiency and bankruptcy,” he wrote in his letter of June 10.
“Sir, when the first section of the Delhi Metro was to be opened, I had taken a firm and conscious decision that no one would be given any travel concession on Delhi Metro. This stand taken to maximize revenues so that Metro fares kept low so as to be affordable to ordinary citizens…” At the same time, Metro would make sufficient operational surpluses to pay back loans taken from JICA, Mr. Sreedharan said.
“Now, if ladies are to be given free travel concession in Delhi Metro, it would set an alarming precedence for all other Metros in the country. The argument of Delhi Govt that the revenue losses would be reimbursed to DMRC is a poor solace. The amount involved is about ₹1,000 crores per annum today. This will go on increasing as the Metro network expands and with further fare hikes on the Metro,” he added.
He believes that if Delhi government’s proposal of free ride for women becomes a reality , it would create a sense of same treatment by the government in other more deserving sectors.
In a letter to PM Modi, metro man E Sreedharan explains why Delhi govt’s proposal to allow free travel to ladies in Delhi metro should be rejected. pic.twitter.com/jk5Xk5yW7w
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