Delhi metro fares to go up

Delhi Metro

Delhi Metro

DMRC is set to increase its fares beginning Wednesday after a period of eight years with the minimum ticket price rising to Rs 10 from Rs 8 earlier.

The (distance-wise) slabs for new fare are as follows, according to the Times of India: Rs10 for 0-2 km, Rs15 for 2-5 km, Rs20 for 5-12 km, Rs 30 for 12-21 km, Rs40 for 21-32 km and Rs 50 for more than 32 km.

Addressing media in New Delhi, Executive Director of Corporate Communications in DMRC, Anuj Dayal said, the DMRC board has accepted the recommendation of the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC). The new fare structure is likely to be introduced from Wednesday. It would rise further to Rs 40 from October 1, when the second phase of the hike will be rolled out. By then the maximum fare also was Rs 22 which was in 2009 hiked to Rs 30. The other two members were Delhi chief secretary KK Sharma and additional secretary in urban development ministry DS Mishra. Plus, to cut down on overcrowding, a 10 per cent extra discount will also be offered during non-peak hours, which would be 6 to 8 am, noon to 5 pm and 9 pm onwards.

"The necessity to revise fares was because of increase in the cost of inputs viz. staff costs, cost of energy and the cost of fix and maintenance", the spokesperson added. The maximum fare will be increased from Rs 30 to Rs 50. "This is to ensure that load during peak hours and non-peak hours is even".

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Dayal said on Sundays and national holidays (January 26, August 15 and October 2), there would be a discount of around Rs 10 across slabs.

Sources said neither the Delhi government nor the Centre was in favour of any hike before the municipal polls.

There shall be no change in the fares of Airport Express Line (Orange Line).

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