Delhi Metro fares to be hiked from October 3, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal calls move anti-people

The new revision will come into effect from October 1 but the increased fares will only be levied from Oct 3 as Oct 1 and 2 fall on a Sunday and a national holiday, respectively. The fares will be, as a result, discounted on both the days.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 28, 2017 4:19 pm
Avtar Singh Bhadana, Arvind Kejriwal, Kejriwal-Bhadana defamation case, defamation case Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to find a solution to the Delhi Metro fare hike issue in a week and prevent the increase. (File photo)

Fares for Delhi Metro are set to be hiked again from October 3 in what will be the second phase of revision as part of recommendations given by the fourth fare fixation committee. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) hiked the fares of Delhi on May 10. The new revision will increase the maximum fare from Rs 50 to Rs 60.

The revised fare structure applicable from October will be as follows: Rs 10–below 2 km, Rs 20–between 2 and 5 km, Rs 30–5 to 12 km, Rs 40 for travel between 12 and 21 km, Rs 50 for journey from 21 to 32 km and Rs 60 for travel beyond 32 km.

The new revision will come into effect from October 1 but the increased fares will only be levied from October 3 as October 1 and 2 fall on a Sunday and a national holiday, respectively. The fares will be, as a result, discounted on both the days.

Reacting to this, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the latest fare hike as anti-people. He said has asked Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to find a solution to the hike issue and prevent the hike in a week’s time.

“The Metro fare hike is anti-people. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has been directed to find a solution to prevent hike in metro fares within a week,” Kejriwal tweeted.

At present, the base fare is Rs 10 (less than 2 km) and the maximum fare is Rs 50 (beyond 32 km). The fare revision done in May was the first since 2009 and as such was a long standing demand by the DMRC management as costs of input and operations increase each year. The revision in May divided the fare structure into six categories depending upon distance travelled–this is the presently applicable fare.

The present fare structure is: Rs 10–below 2 km, Rs 15–between 2 and 5 km, Rs 20–5 to 12 km, Rs 30 for travel between 12 and 21 km, Rs 40 for journey from 21 to 32 km and Rs 50 for travel beyond 32 km.

DMRC will offer Rs 10 discount on Sundays and national holidays for all slabs apart from the base slab. It will also offer a discount of 20 per cent for using smart cards for travel in off-peak hours ie 6 am to 8 am, 12 pm to 5 pm and post 9 pm.

The cumulative ridership of Delhi Metro for financial year 2016-17 had for the first time crossed the one billion mark with an average daily ridership of 27.6 lakh commuters in a 213 km network. This was a 43 per cent increase from five years ago when the average daily ridership was 19.3 lakh for a 190 km network.

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