The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has reduced its fares on the Airport Express line by 50 per cent, bringing the minimum fare to Rs 10 from the earlier Rs 20. While the move is expected to boost ridership on the line, DMRC officials said the move was also expected to lessen the load on the Blue Line.
“The minimum single-journey fare on the corridor will be Rs 10 against the earlier Rs 20. The maximum fare will be Rs 60 against the earlier Rs 100,” a DMRC statement said.
Senior Delhi Metro officials said they were trying to “incentivise” the use of the Airport Express line over the Blue Line, which runs from Dwarka Sector 21 to Vaishali and Noida. “We will tell passengers of the reduced travel time if they use the Airport Express line. One of the problems we face on the Blue Line is congestion during peak hours and the move is aimed at lessening that,” an official said.
The slash in fares comes over a year after the last reduction in July last year, when fares were slashed by 40 per cent.
“As a result of that measure, the average daily ridership on the corridor increased significantly from around 13,000 in June 2014 to more than 20,000 in February this year. On August 28, 2015, more than 32,000 people travelled by the Airport Express line,” the statement said.