Chennai: Ahead of the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021, Chief Minister E Palaniswami has slashed Chennai metro fares by Rs 20. The new fares will come into force from February 22, 2021. The fares have been reduced from ₹70 to ₹50. The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu are slated to be held in April-May.Also Read - South Central Railway Cancels 55 Trains Over Low Occupancy. Details Inside

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1) No change in fare for a distance of 0-2 kilometre, ₹10 will be charged as usual. Also Read - 7 Places in India Which Are Heaven For Saree Lovers

2) For a distance of 2-5 Kms, travellers will be charged ₹20. Initially, travellers were charged ₹20 for a distance of 2-4 Km.

3) Travellers will be charged ₹30 for a distance of 5-12 km.

4) For traveling between a distance of 12-21 Km, people will pay a fare of ₹40

5) For a distance above 21 Kms, the fare will be ₹50.

Further, a 20% discount will be provided on the fare to those who book their metro tickets using the QR code or CMRL smart cards. Commuters who travel on holidays and weekends can avail 50% discount on their tickets (not on daily passes).

“Accepting the demands of the people that the Metro Rail fares should be decreased in order to further enhance the patronage of CMRL service, the government has announced a cut in the fares for the benefit of the public,” Palaniswami said in the statement. He informed that commuters who avail unlimited day passes at Rs 100 for the 45 km stretch of phase-1 of CMRL could now enjoy unlimited day passes at the same sum for an additional 9 km to travel upto Wimco Nagar from Vannarpet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension and laid the foundation stone for several other infrastructure projects in different sectors, including railways, in Tamil Nadu, describing them as symbols of innovation and indigenous development. He also said the decade was going to belong to India, adding the entire world was looking at it with positivity.