What is fair in metro fares?

How much do commuters pay to travel by other Metros in the country? Who decides these fares?

New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2017 9:28 am
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Delhi Metro fares will rise for the second time in four months on Tuesday, going up by between 20 per cent and 50 per cent over the existing fares. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called the increase “anti-people”, and offered to pay half of the Rs 3,000 crore annual bill that the union government says the Delhi government will have to foot for the next five years in order to avoid the increase — as long as the Centre pays the other half. Metro fares are decided by a fare-fixation committee set up by the central government, headed by a sitting or former judge of a High Court, and consisting of a member each nominated by the Centre and the Delhi government.

How much do commuters pay to travel by other Metros in the country? Who decides these fares?

MUMBAI (Rs 10-40)

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Mumbai Metro One Private Limited began operations on June 8, 2014 with a fare structure of Rs 10-20-30-40 for the 11.4-km corridor. The fares remain the same; however, over the years, the discount structure on return journey, store pass and trip pass have been changed to charge higher fares. The Fare Fixation Committee allowed MMOPL to charge between Rs 10 and Rs 110 for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor; however, objections by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority led to litigation. In December 2015, the Bombay High Court disallowed the increase of fares.

KOLKATA (Rs 5-25)

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Fares last revised in 2013; currently, six fare zones (1-6) are identified, but since the fares for two zones (3 and 4) are the same, there are effectively only five fare slabs. Fares range from Rs 5 to Rs 25. They are, 0-5 km, Rs 5; 5-10 km, Rs 10; 10-15 km, Rs 15; 15-20 km, Rs 15; 20-25 km, Rs 20; 25-30 km, Rs 25. The Kolkata Metro is India’s oldest Metro, functions under the Ministry of Railways. The Railway Board decides fares. Proposal for an increase is currently pending with the Board.

BENGALURU (Rs 10-60)

Bengaluru Metro. (Express Archives)

Minimum fare is Rs 10; maximum is Rs 45 on the 18-km East-West Corridor, Rs 60 on the 24-km North-South Corridor. Multiple journey tickets are discounted up to 15%; a discount of 19% to 23% is available for trip tickets. Group tickets for more than 25 persons are discounted by 10%. Fares were increased by 10%-15% in June. As per the Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, the Bangalore Metro Railway Administration approves fares for the Bengaluru Metro.

LUCKNOW (Rs 10-60)

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Fares are based on the number of stations travelled. They are: 1 station, Rs 10; 2 stations, Rs 15; 3-6 stations, Rs 20; 7-9 stations, Rs 30; 10-13 stations, Rs 40; 14-17 stations, Rs 50; more than 18 stations, Rs 60. Initial fares were decided by the LMRC Board of Directors after analysing Metro fare patterns in other cities and other modes of transport in Lucknow. The Metro Operation and Maintenance Act provides for a three-member Fare Fixation Committee headed by a retired judge.

JAIPUR (Rs 6-17 (off-peak); Rs 11-23)

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Off-peak hour fares applicable until 4.59 pm; standard fares apply 5 pm onwards. Off-peak/peak rate fares: 0-2 stations, Rs 6/11; 3-5 stations, Rs 11/17; 6-8 stations, Rs 17/23. JMRC Board of Directors decided fares. There are provisions for both an ‘Automatic Mid-term Fare Correction Formula’, and a Fare Fixation Committee.

CHENNAI (Rs 10-60)

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Fare up to 3 stations is Rs 10; for a distance of 10 km, Rs 40; maximum fare, up to a distance of 21 km, Rs 60. Fares are fixed by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) in consultation with the state government.

KOCHI (Rs 10-50)

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Minimum fare Rs 10; maximum for the 18-km stretch, Rs 50. There are intermediate slabs of Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40. 20% rebate on use of Kochione Metro Card. Fares are fixed by Board of Directors of Kochi Metro Rail Limited.

— Benita Chacko in Mumbai, Sweety Kumari in Kolkata, Johnson T A in Bengaluru, Avaneesh Mishra in Lucknow, Shaju Philip in Kochi, Arun Janardhanan in Chennai and Hamza Khan in Jaipur. Express Archive pictures.
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