Delhi Metro raises fares; minimum to be Rs10, maximum Rs50
Come Wednesday, commuters will have to shell out more for travelling on the Delhi Metro, with the authorities announcing a fare hike on Monday.
The new minimum fare will be up from Rs 8 to Rs 10 while the maximum would be Rs 50 as against the existing Rs 30, a Metro spokesperson said.
This arrangement will be in place till September. From October, the maximum fare would go upto Rs 60.
On Sundays and national holidays, the maximum fare would be Rs 40, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Chief Spokesperson Anuj Dayal and Director Finance K K Saberwal told a news conference.
The new fare structure is: up to 2 kms — Rs 10, 2 to 5 kms — Rs 15, 5 to 12 kms — Rs 20, 12 to 21 kms — Rs 30, 21 to 32 kms — Rs 40, and for journeys of over 32 kms Rs 50.
This is in tune with the recommendations of a three- member Fare Fixation Committee, which were accepted by the DMRC board headed by the Union Urban Development Secretary Rajib Gauba.
The DMRC had last revised the fares in 2009.
The Delhi government had opposed the decision of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to hike fares by up to 66 per cent and had instead called for reducing fares, a government official said on Monday.
"Delhi Metro fare hike is a wrong decision. The elected Delhi government had opposed the move - it will adversely affect the regular passengers," Delhi government's Media Adviser Nagendar Sharma tweeted.
He added that the government had told the DMRC that women and students would be adversely affected in case of a fare hike.
"Delhi Government had told DMRC (that) increase in fares will force commuters to shift to personal vehicles and in fact, fares should be reduced," he said.