Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Delhi Metro announces hike in fares; minimum Rs 10, maximum Rs 50

Delhi Metro announces hike in fares; minimum Rs 10, maximum Rs 50

On Sundays and national holidays, the maximum fare would be Rs40.

The new fare slabs are Rs 10, Rs 15, Rs 20, Rs 30, Rs 40 and Rs 50. This has been done to encourage ridership on these days. The decision to review fare came after repeated requests from the DMRC citing high overhead costs, including electricity. According to the DMRC the move was necessary as there was increase in the input cost. The new fare structure, Monday to Saturday, is: up to 2km Rs 10, 2km to 5km Rs 15, 5km to 12km Rs 20, 12km to 21km Rs 30, 21km to 32km Rs 40, and Rs 50 for journeys of over 32km. "The last fare revision took place in 2009 and the fourth committee was set up after nearly seven years in 2016", said a DMRC spokesperson. Operational ratio is the expenses incurred for running the system, which also includes pay and other expenditures.

In the second phase, the maximum fare will go up to Rs 60. This was done to ensure that the hike does not hit people hard. The DMRC board headed by Union Urban Development Secretary Rajib Gauba decided the hike on the basis of recommendations of a three-member Fare Fixation Committee.

However, there are some good news for commuters as well.

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To avoid overcrowding, the panel suggested a special discount on fare price will be given during non-peak hours. Off-peak hour has been defined as up to 8 am in the morning, 12 noon to 5 pm and 9 pm till the closing hours. Smart card holders who exit during these hours will get the additional discount.

An official said the AAP government was in the process of "augmenting" its fleet of buses, and till that was done, Metro commuters would not have the option of switching to buses.

Recently, DMRC had also entered into a partnership with the app- based cab aggregator, Ola, allowing its commuters to recharge their metro cards directly from the Ola Money app.

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