New Delhi, October 10: Travelling in Delhi Metro will be costlier as new fares come into effect from Tuesday. With the second fare hike this year, there is an increase of Rs 10 for all travels beyond 5 km.
The maximum fare, for journeys beyond 32 km, is now Rs 60. The revised fare structure is: 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. Also read: Pay Rs 3,000 Crore For 5 Years to Avert Metro Fare Hike: Centre Tells AAP Govt
The smart card users will continue to enjoy a 10 per cent discount on each ride. According to DMRC’s estimates, smart card users happen to be 70 per cent of the metro’s total ridership. 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 services.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) made the announcement after its highest decision making body, the DMRC board, refused to “interfere” in the matter, saying it has no power to change the recommendations of the fare fixation committee (FCC), which had proposed the steep hike.
The board had met around 8 PM on Monday following Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s insistence that the decision be withheld. Also read: DMRC Calls Emergency Meet After Delhi Assembly Passes Resolution Against Metro Fare Hike
The DMRC had been batting for a hike citing “losses” in view of loans and rise in input costs such as power tariff among others. Also read: Cong blasts AAP, BJP for ‘street fight’ over metro fare hike
“Out of 16, Delhi government has five Directors, who opposed but Centre was adamant. Hike too steep. Centre should have been more considerate for common man (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.
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).
When the Delhi Metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs 4 and maximum was Rs 8.
With inputs from PTI