1. Delhi Metro proposes to raise ticket rates up to Rs 50

Delhi Metro proposes to raise ticket rates up to Rs 50

Faced with rising operational costs, Delhi Metro has proposed a five-slab fare system in the range of Rs 10-50 to mitigate the "adverse" impact on its financial health.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 2, 2015 4:48 PM
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Delhi Metro can revise its fares only on recommendation of the three-member committee constituted by the Union government from time to time. (PTI)

Faced with rising operational costs, Delhi Metro has proposed a five-slab fare system in the range of Rs 10-50 to mitigate the “adverse” impact on its financial health.

The proposals, if accepted, would replace the existing 15 fare slabs ranging from Rs 8 to Rs 30. The new fares would be Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 30, Rs 40 and Rs 50, a Metro official privy to the developments said.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Chief Mangu Singh has repeatedly written to the Ministry of Urban Development since 2012 in this regard, which has administrative control over the body.

Earlier this year, Retired Justice AK Shrivastava was named as the head of the fare fixation committee, but it was scrapped later.

Delhi Metro can revise its fares only on recommendation of the three-member committee constituted by the Union government from time to time.

Apart from a person who is or has been a high court judge, the committee comprises of the urban development secretary and Delhi’s finance secretary.

A Metro official said the fare revision has been “proposed sometime ago but no action has been taken till now. The round figures would also help us tackle the shortage of coins which is rising by the day.”

Fares were last revised in 2009 when the minimum fare was raised from Rs 6 to Rs 8 with the maximum fare being raised to Rs 30 from Rs 22.

Officials say, since then there has been more than 94 per cent rise in power tariff.

DMRC director (operations) Sharat Sharma had also stated that almost 40 per cent of Metro’s overall expenses go towards paying electricity bills.

Tags: Delhi Metro
  1. Vijay Kaul
    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:34 am
    The central Government should leave Metro free to run as a commercial venture. If they throttle it, the result will be as bad as Indian railways. Can we afford it? And there is no harm in including a Premium cl like the Airport Express. It is only the Premium cl that will encourage car owners to drop personal transport in favour of metro.Even a rs.200 fare will get the Traffic. I can afford a premium fare but I have been travelling in Metro to avoid driving. It requires guts and nerves of steel to get in and out of the coaches at busy stations like Tis Hazari, Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi railway station and Rajiv Chowk.And the smell of sweat is too much to bear for an upper Middle cl person.
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