With the increase in the fares of Delhi Metro – commuter’s lifeline in the capital – one will have to shell out Rs 10 more on each 5 kilometres travelled. The subject of metro fare hike had seen AAP-run Delhi government crossing debate with the Centre. The issue had even led to a fierce debate in the Delhi legislative assembly.
The revised fare structure now stands: 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.
This is second hike in the fares of Delhi Metro in last five months.
Following the announcement of fare hike late on Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to the social media to criticise central government on the fare hike.
“Out of 16, Del Govt has 5 Directors, who opposed but Centre adamant. Hike too steep. Centre shud hv been more considerate for common man (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi Assembly had passed a resolution against the hike. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had termed the decision as a “conspiracy” to benefit private cab aggregator services.
But the opposition BJP demanded the Delhi government give a Rs 3,000 crore annual grant if it wanted the withdrawal of the proposed metro fare hike. All 4 MLAs of BJP abstained from the session that passed a resolution against the increase in the assembly.
Leader of the Opposition Vijender Gupta claimed that rules stipulate that the state government must bear the full operational loses of the Metro Rail.
“The Delhi government must provide an annual grant-in-aid of about Rs 3,000 crore if it wants the fare hike in Delhi Metro to be put on hold,” he said.
He also alleged that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was “misleading” the people when he says that the Centre and the Delhi government are equal partners in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), implying that both must bear equal operational loses.
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. “The board was informed that under Section 37 of the Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, recommendations of the FFC are binding on metro rail authorities.
“Subsequently, the board noted that it does not have the competence to consider and defer implementation of the recommendations of the FFC,” sources said.
Earlier, Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had supported the fare hike saying the Delhi Metro will turn into DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) if the token prices were not increased.
The new fares would be applicable across five corridors — Blue, Yellow, Red, Green and Violet — of the metro. However, 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)