Delhi Metro hikes fares

Delhi Metro

For the first time in eight years, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has chose to hike ticket fares.

Metro fares were last revised in 2009 when the minimum tariff was raised from Rs6 to Rs 8 and the maximum fare from Rs22 to Rs30.

This arrangement will be in place till September.

New minimum fare will be Rs 10 while new maximum fare will be Rs 50.

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The new fare structure slabs are: Rs 10 (0-2 km), Rs 15 (2-5 km), Rs 20 (5-12 km), Rs 30 (12-21 km), Rs 40 (21-32 km) and Rs 50 (beyond 32 km). The new fare structure is likely to be introduced from Wednesday."The DMRC board has accepted the recommendation of the FFC (Fare Fixation Committee)".

"The Board of Directors is meeting to decide on the hike in fares of Delhi metro", an official told IANS".

First Phase will be implemented from 10th may 2017 while second phase will be implemented from 1st October 2017.

The hike comes in two phases.

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"The necessity of revision in fares was on account of increase in the cost of inputs - the staff cost, the cost of energy and the cost of fix and maintenance".

The committee is chaired by Justice M.L. Mehta, retired Judge of the High Court of Delhi, with K. K. Sharma, former Chief Secretary of the Delhi government, and Durga Shanker Mishra, Additional Secretary (Ministry of Urban Development) as the other members.

Apart from that, 10 percent discount during non-peak hours would also be given.

DMRC has announced special discounts to commuters on Sundays and national holidays with the maximum fare reduced to Rs 40. Mr Dayal said, passenger using smart card will be given 20% discount during off peak hours while 10% discount on smart card will remain unchanged. Fares for the Airport Express Line will remain unchanged.

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