Delhi Metro fare hike: Even as Delhi Metro is all set to revise fares on October 10, the hike would still ensure that ticket prices are the lowest in the country. Since May 10, passengers in the national capital are paying a minimum of Rs 10 instead of Rs 8 and a maximum of Rs 50 instead of Rs 30 that was earlier. These fares are set to rise further on October 10, Hindustan Times said.
As per the paper, the DMRC data shows that even after the hike, the fares would continue to be lowest or similar to Chennai, Kochi, Lucknow and Mumbai. Fares of Delhi Metro have not been changed for 8 years, before they were revised this year. This has caused DMRC fund as a resulted dropped to 25 percent in 2016-17 from 52 percent in 2011.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the fare hike as “anti-people” and also asked Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to “come up with solutions to stop it within a week,” Indian Express said.
The issue which may lead to fresh round of flashpoint between the Centre and the Delhi Government started after initial hike in May, a Delhi government official told the paper.
Kailash Gahlot who also had a meeting with DMRC chief Mangu Singh told Indian Epress, “After looking at relevant files, I have directed the DMRC chief to put the plans of fare hike in October on hold…till the Delhi government has examined the reasons behind this hike, and the facts kept in mind for the hike.”