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Delhi Metro may hike fares

Delhi Metro may hike fares
Travel in Delhi Metro might get  more expensive five months down the line. The fare fixation committee, appointed by the government, is expected to come out with its recommendations on fare hike by the middle of this year.

Delhi Metro Managing Director Mangu Singh said on Thursday that the independent committee would take its own time to give its recommendations after conducting a detailed study of the ground situation.

If the fare fixation committee constituted by the Union urban development ministry recommends a hike in the fare structure, Delhi Metro, a joint venture of the Centre and Delhi government, would have to adopt the recommendations.

‘The fare fixation committee has been appointed. They will study and give their report in four to five months. Their functioning is independent and they will take their own time,’ he told reporters on the sidelines of a function at the Metro Museum.

Delhi Metro fares were last raised in 2009 and since then there has been no hike. As per the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act 2002, the Centre can from time to time constitute a fare fixation committee, which can recommend passenger carriage fares.

The Metro chief also said efforts are on to make stations well-lit to ensure the safety of passengers, including women. He also noted that the CISF has increased the number of women constables in Metro station premises. On the Airport Metro Express corridor, Singh said the line would resume operations after the commissioner of Metro Rail Safety gives his mandatory green signal.


TRAINS FROM 5 AM TO MIDNIGHT ENOUGH: DELHI METRO CHIEF


Delhi Metro Chief Mangu Singh on Thursday ruled out extending services for longer time. He said the last trains routinely reach depots at midnight, and the first leave a little before 5 am.

Speaking at the Patel Chowk Metro station on the sidelines of a function at the Metro Museum, Singh said, ‘The last train is at 11 pm, but by the time it reaches its destination, it is about midnight. Similarly, in the morning, though 6 am is the scheduled time, trains start plying since 5 am, so there is no need for increasing the timing.’

‘People don’t know the detailed timing of the Delhi Metro. People usually think that the service is from 6 am to 11 pm. We want to tell them that our service begins a little before 5 am and ends around 12 am. For example, the earliest train starts at 4.51 am from Dwarka Sector 21 to Rajeev Chowk. And the last train starts from Rajeev Chowk around 11.45 p.m. towards Yamuna Bank,’ Singh said. On increasing the number of trains in the night service after 11 pm, he indicated the enormous losses such a move might cause, ‘Hardly three to four passengers commute in the trains during late hours,’ Singh said. Earlier, following requests of women activists and college students, Delhi’s Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna asked Delhi Metro to consider the request to begin services from 5 am instead of 6 am and extend night services from 11 pm to 11.30 pm. Talking about women’s safety in the Metro, Mangu Singh said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which provides security personnel to Delhi Metro, is deploying more women personnel.

‘The CISF has increased patrolling inside the train and in stations. We are conducting periodical inspection at the stations. We are also checking whether areas outside Metro stations are well lit to ensure the safety of passengers,’ Singh said.

The Metro chief also said that more eight-coach trains would be deployed on the HUDA city center-Jahangirpuri line. ‘We are also increasing the frequency of Metro trains on Saturdays, as there is an increase in the number of riders,’ he said.

Singh said that more commuters have started to use the Metro services from Central Secretariat to Badarpur. ‘The number of riders has picked up on Line 6 (Cental Secretariat to Badarpur) so we will have more trains on that route,’ he said.
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