1. Delhi Metro all set to hike fares with effect from Wednesday; Maximum rate set to rise to Rs 50

Delhi Metro all set to hike fares with effect from Wednesday; Maximum rate set to rise to Rs 50

Travelling in Delhi Metro is likely to get a little more expensive for commuters as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) board has approved a hike in the ticket prices.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2017 5:35 PM
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Travelling in Delhi Metro is likely to get a little more expensive for commuters as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) board has approved a hike in the ticket prices. The hike in fares is likely to come into effect from Wednesday, May 10, according to a Times of India report. The present minimum fare of DMRC which is Rs 8 will go up to Rs 10 and the maximum fare that is currently Rs 30 is set to go up as high as Rs 50. According to a DMRC official, the hiked fares will be Metro fares hiked: “Rs.10 for 0-2km, Rs.15 for 2-5km, Rs.20 for 5-12km, Rs.30 for 12-21km, Rs.40 for 21-32km, Rs.50 for beyond 32km,” and fares “for Sundays & national holidays: Rs.10 from 0-12km, Rs.20 for 12-21km, Rs.30 for 21-32km, Rs.40 for beyond 32km.”

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According to an Indian Express report, in September 2016, a panel looking into the ticket prices for Delhi Metro had recommended a 66 Percent hike in the fares, the acceptance of which was pending ever since. Previously, the DMRC board had rejected the proposal of hiking fares on many occasions. The last time when the rates were revised was in the year 2009. A government source was quoted in the report saying, “The committee submitted its report to the DMRC board after its request for three months’ extension was turned down by the Urban Development Ministry. The board, headed by the Urban Development Secretary, will take the call on the recommendations.”

In an earlier statement, a DMRC official as quoted by the India Express report said that “the fare revision has been long overdue and we have been demanding it. There are increasing operational costs like salaries and DA of employees.”

The official also said, “In 2002, when the Metro began operations, the operating ratio was 0.42, which means we saved almost 60 per cent of the revenue. Today, the operating ratio is 0.67, which leaves us with 33 per cent in savings. Of those savings, we have to pay off instalments of the Rs 30,000 crore loan taken from Jica, the Japanese company which financed the project.”

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    D.V.Singh
    May 12, 2017 at 10:33 am
    The fare is lot of increase. As like I travel daily Chandni Chowk to Badli. Now I pay (Deduct from smart card) Rs.27/- per trip and before increase deduct only.Rs.16 or 17 approx. So there in very diff. Thnks
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