Passengers form body to oppose Metro fare hike, call for day-long boycott on May 13
After the fare revision, the minimum passenger fare has been increased from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum fare from Rs 30 to Rs 50. This fare structure, however, will be effective till September. From October 1, the minimum fare for travelling a distance of over 2km will go up further by another Rs 10.delhi Updated: May 12, 2017 17:42 IST
A group of Delhi metro commuters have decided to come together and protest against the recent Delhi Metro fare hike. The commuters said they will boycott the system on Saturday.
A group of students formed the association as soon as fare hike was announced and through social media, they are spreading awareness about their protest campaign.
On Wednesday, the first day when the new fares kicked in, the group went to about 50 metro stations and tied black bands on the arms of commuters and asked them to join the movement on Saturday.
After the fare revision, the minimum passenger fare has been increased from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum fare from Rs 30 to Rs 50.
This fare structure, however, will be effective till September. From October 1, the minimum fare for travelling a distance of over 2km will go up further by another Rs 10.
“During our campaign, I met a woman in Nangloi who said she had decided to take the bus instead of the Metro due to the extra fare. For those travelling longer distance, the fare has increased by Rs 20, which means that passengers now have to pay Rs 40 extra daily for a return journey. A lower class man, who earns to save money, will not be able to afford a Metro train ride now,” said Sachin Singh Bhandari, convener of the organisation Delhi Metro Commuters’ Association (DMCA).
The association has also submitted a memorandum to the Union ministry of urban development, under which Delhi Metro operates, and the managing director of DMRC seeking immediate revocation of the increased fare which was adversely affecting Delhi’s population.
“We have appealed to Metro commuters to boycott the system for a day on Saturday (May 13) in order to impress upon the government and authorities the disaffection the decision has caused among Delhiites. DMCA has also contacted various social organisations, trade unions, people’s groups in its endeavour and have so far garbered support of at least 13 organisations,” he added.
Many commuters were of the view that the fare hike should have come after issues such as last mile connectivity were fixed.
Samit Khanna, a resident of Sarita Vihar, said: “I regularly commute from Jasola Vihar to my office in Arjangarh for which I pay ₹30. The commute from home to Metro station and from the Metro station to office in an auto costs around ₹150.”
“For the same journey I will now have to spend more than ₹200 as maximum fare has been increased from ₹30 to ₹50. I might want to switch to a car as the cost difference would not be much,” he said.