Be prepared to spend more on your daily commute on the Delhi Metro as the corporation is expected to give its nod to the proposed recommendations of fare fixation committee. Fares may hiked by at leat 25 per cent. According to sources, “The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Board will approve the fare hike proposal of the committee. The hike would be implemented within a week of getting the nod from the Board. The corporation board is expected to give its essential approval on the recommendation as it doesn’t have the power to veto. However, discounts are expected.
The fare fixation committee headed by retired judge M L Mehta of Delhi HC had recommended Rs 10 as minimum fare and Rs 50 as maximum which are Rs 8 and Rs 30 at present, respectively. DMRC last revised fares in September 2009.
Considered as the first choice of commuters Delhi Metro presently has an average daily ridership of 2.4 million passengers. Fare hikes for the ‘common man’s luxury’ convenience, will mount extra burden on people.
Delhi Metro is citing its expenditure for the hike as electricity rates have been reached to the double since 2009-10. The cost of per-unit power in 2009-10 was Rs 3.21, which doubled to Rs 7.25 a unit in 2015-16.
Currently, it is running trains in energy-saving mode, de-energising the idle trains, optimising the air-conditioning levels, etc.