A Delhi government official said on Monday that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) decision to hike fares up to 66 per cent was opposed by them. He said they were instead calling for reducing fares. “Delhi Metro fare hike is a wrong decision. The elected Delhi government had opposed the move – it will adversely affect the regular passengers,” Delhi government’s Media Adviser Nagendar Sharma tweeted. The government has told the DMRC that women and children will be affected by this move, he said. People will be forced to shift to personal vehicles if fares were increased, hence fares should be reduced, the Delhi government had told DMRC, IANS reported.
DMRC hiked its fares on Monday with the maximum fares going up to Rs 50 from the earlier Rs 30. According to ANI new fare structure has been divided into six slabs: 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). According to the DMRC the move was necessary as there was increase in the input cost. A DMRC official had said when the hike was first proposed in September 2016.
“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 installments of the Rs 30,000 crore loan taken from Jica, the Japanese company which financed the project,” the official had said according to Indian Express.
Then the Metro’s operating ratio — the ratio of cost of operation to savings and profit — had fallen to 50 per cent of what it was in 2002, the official said. The Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gauba was heading the meeting in 2016. A hike from minimum and maximum fares were increased from Rs 6 and Rs 22 to Rs 8 and Rs 30 respectively in 2009 too.