New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister of the national capital Manish Sisodia on Monday said that metro fare should be reduced.  He was speaking at the inauguration of Delhi Metro’s Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket-I stretch on Pink Line.

Addressing the media, Sisodia said, “I still think that the Metro fare is very high. The civil engineering in building the Metro is brilliant. Now we need some economic engineering to bring down the fare. I think it can be done.”

“When we compare the fares of metros in other countries to justify the fare here, we must also bear in mind the disparity between the per capita income of those countries and ours… Even those hailing from the labour class should be able to afford the Metro.

“Metro is not for a joyride. Metro is a daily need,” he added.  Notably, Delhi Metro’s fares were doubled in 2017 in two phases.

In August, Union Hardeep Singh Puri had said that the metro fare is unlikely to see another round of revision until 2020.

Due to the hike in fares, there was a decline in the metro ridership. The Delhi Metro’s average ridership had fallen from 27.4 lakh to 24.2 lakh between September and October after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) implemented the second phase of fare hike in October. This was revealed in an RTI query.

From October 1, the fare of the Delhi Metro was: 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 of over 32 km Rs 60. When the metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs 4 and maximum was Rs 8.