New Delhi, Aug 7: Good news for the passengers travelling in the Delhi metro. The metro fare is unlikely to see another round of revision until 2020. Apart from this, the metro is planning to give concessions to students and senior citizens while travelling in the metro. Citing improvement in the ridership of the metro, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday  said, “If the situation remained same then there was no question of increasing fares.”

As per report, he further said that there is an increase in the metro ridership. “The ridership has gone up to 28 lakh in the past 20 days and I believe it could go up to 45 lakh,” he said. The fares had almost doubled after two-phased hikes in May and October last year.

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 metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs 4 and maximum was Rs 8.

Delhi Metro on Monday had extended its Pink Line to connect Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus and Lajpat Nagar, bringing four major markets on its network. The latest 8.10-km stretch has six stations including INA, South Extension, Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar, all of which boast of major and popular markets.

Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had graced the event. The launch was also attended by Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs Anant Kumar, who appreciated the naming of the Moti Bagh Station after Kannada scholar and educationist M. Vishveshwaraiah.

The Pink Line connecting Majlis Park and South Campus was started in March. The remaining section, from Lajpat Nagar to Shiv Vihar, is expected to open later this year.

(With agency inputs)