Fares for Delhi Metro became expensive by Rs 10 for commuters travelling beyond 5 km on amidst tussle between the Centre and Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government. This is the second such hike within five months.
The Delhi Metro Rail Committee has justified the hike citing losses in Metro and rising input costs over the years.
The revised fare structure will be: up to 2 km — Rs 10, 2 to 5 km — Rs 20, 5 to 12 km — Rs 30, 12 to 21 km — Rs 40, 21 to 32 km — Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km — Rs 60.
Smart card users, who, according to DMRC’s estimates, happen to be 70 per cent of the metro’s total ridership, will continue to get 10 per cent discount on each ride, reported news agency PTI.
The announcement came late last night following a meeting of the metro’s top decision making body, the DMRC board, which refused to “interfere” in the matter, referring to the stiff opposition mounted by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against the hike.
The board, which met for around two hours, said it has no power to change the recommendations of the fare fixation committee (FCC), which had proposed the steep hike last year.
The board met around 8 pm at Nirman Bhawan following Kejriwal’s insistence that the decision be withheld. The De
Kejriwal tweeted, “Out of 16, Del Govt has 5 Directors, who opposed but Centre adamant. Hike too steep. Centre shud hv been more considerate for common man (sic).”
Out of 16, Del Govt has 5 Directors, who opposed but Centre adament. Hike too steep. Centre shud hv been more considerate for common man https://t.co/luxySDb2Sf
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 9, 2017
The central government had written to Kejriwal asking to pay Rs 3,000 crore for five years for it to stop the fare hike. In response, the Delhi government had said that it was willing to take over the DMRC if the central government shared the 50% cost.
Yesterday, Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, had said that the fare hike a conspiracy to help the car aggregator services such as Ola and Uber.