Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) board has revised fares which are in implementation since 10th May 2017, in accordance with the recommendations of 4th Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) set up by the Union government in May last year.
The new fare structure, Monday through Saturday, is: under 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 over 32 kms —Rs. 50.
On Sundays and national holidays, there would be a discount of Rs. 10 across slabs.
The fare hike was delayed due to reservations raised over it by several authorities. The Arvind Kejriwal government had opposed the move, saying that it would have an “adverse” impact on certain sections like students and woman and said that fares should be reduced.
Condemning the DMRC’s decision to increase the travel fares since it would adversely affect Delhi’s population, the Delhi Metro Commuters’ Association called for a one-day boycott of the metro on Saturday. Surveys conducted across the globe have shown a reduction of ridership by 3% if the Metro fare is increased by 10%. The DMRC has increased the fare by up to 66% which this could lead to a reduction in ridership.
Students have said that DMRC should introduce a special policy for them as the metro was a feasible option, but the rise in ticket prices may now make it costly. A lot of students preferred to commute by the metro as it presented a cheap and safe option. However, the price hike may make it difficult for them to bear the expenses. It is suggested that the Delhi Metro should have special provision like the student concession passes DTC busses provide.
The DMRC should also focus on improving the service of the Blue line which often faces technical snags and commuters get stuck for an hour, at times. It gets worse during monsoons. DMRC should make provisions for the coming months.