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To cover high costs,Urban Ministry tells Metro to go for fare revision

The Urban Development Ministry has advised Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to revise its fare structure since it has not done so for the past two years.

The Urban Development Ministry has advised Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to revise its fare structure since it has not done so for the past two years.

The ministry said Delhi Metro should carry out periodic revision of fares to offset the increase in operational expenditure because of hikes in electricity tariff and minimum wages.

“We have suggested Delhi Metro to look at a fare revision. It is part of the mandate. Not only Delhi,but every Metro rail network in the country has to periodically increase fares to remain viable,” Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said.

He said the ministry was trying to create a rational and transparent formula for fare revision,which would be applicable to all Metro networks.

“For the Metros,we are working out a method to have a new fare revision system based on rational parameters,” Krishna said. He said the system would take into consideration parameters such as power tariff and minimum wage rate in a particular city.

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“The exact components of this formula and the weightage allocated to them are being worked out. It would be applicable to all cities,all Metros,” Krishna said.

Delhi Metro sources said a director-level committee has been set up to work out a formula to revise the fare structure.

Delhi Metro revised its fares in November 2009,implementing a 36 per cent raise. The increase in minimum fare was by Rs 2,while the maximum shot up from Rs 22 to Rs 30. That was the third time it had revised fares since it began operations in 2002.

On the proposed “common mobility card”,Krishna said it would be soon introduced in the city and could be used in Metro and its feeder buses. “Metro will introduce 300 feeder buses by October and the common mobility card would be valid for both. At a later stage,people will be able to use these cards in other buses as well,” he said.

The ministry has asked Uttar Pradesh to set up a Metro rail company to take up projects in the state.

These can work in collaboration with DMRC,officials said.

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