Delhi Metro fare hike: Travelling on the Delhi Metro today became costlier. The move comes after weeks of war of words between Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Centre. The second phase of fare revisions is being implemented as recommended by the fourth Fare Fixation Committee (FFC). The fares of Delhi Metro, which is considered as the life-line of the national capital region, will go up by a maximum of Rs 10. Notably, the first phase of the hike was implemented in May this year.
After the DMRC announced its decision to go ahead with the hike, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted: “The BJP government has remained adamant. Five Delhi government members had opposed but 11 members of the Centre rejected Delhi government proposal to defer hike”. Since the first phase of fare hike in May this year, the DMRC said different rates would apply for peak and non-peak hours — providing some monetary relief for smart card users. The non-peak hours, as determined by DMRC, are from “start of revenue services to 8 am”, “noon to 5 pm” and “9 pm to closing of revenue services”, according to Indian Express report.
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The hike, which comes five months within the last one, will affect every commuter of the mass rapid transit who travels beyond 5 km, while journeys falling in the 2-5 km distance slab will cost Rs 5 more.
The revised fare structure will be: up to 2 km — Rs 10, 2 to 5 km — Rs 20, 5 to 12 km — Rs 30, 12 to 21 km — Rs 40, 21 to 32 km — Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km — Rs 60.
Smart card users, who, according to DMRC’s estimates, happen to be 70 per cent of the metro’s total ridership, will continue to get 10 per cent discount on each ride.
They will get an additional discount of 10 per cent while travelling during off-peak hours, that is from beginning of services till 8 am, between 12 pm and 5 pm and from 9 pm to end of the services.
The new fares would be applicable across five corridors — Blue, Yellow, Red, Green and Violet — of the metro that crisscrosses the national capital, with the total network length currently standing at around 213 km.
There shall be no change in the fares of Airport Express Line (Orange Line).
Notably, when the Delhi Metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs 4 and maximum was Rs 8.