Six months later, Airport Metro starts with 50% hike in fares
Six months ago you paid Rs. 100 for a ride to cover 23 km in 20 minutes. Now, to cover the same distance, you will spend 35 minutes and Rs. 150. Subhendu Ray reports.delhi Updated: Jan 22, 2013 23:58 IST
Six months ago you paid Rs. 100 for a ride to cover 23 km in 20 minutes. Now, to cover the same distance, you will spend 35 minutes and Rs. 150.
On Tuesday when the airport metro was re-launched after a gap of six months, the concessionaire, Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt Ltd, announced fare revision.
“From Wednesday, one would have to pay 50% extra to procure a token,” said a DAMEPL official.
As per the revised structure, the minimum fare would be Rs. 30 (earlier fare was Rs. 20) and the maximum would be Rs. 150 (earlier Rs. 100).
The airport metro has received lukewarm response from commuters on Tuesday, the day of re-launch, possibly because the trains ran at 50kmph as against earlier 105kmph.
“Have they decided to take commuters for a ride?” fumed Rajni Upal, a regular user.
Pankaj Garg, of Dwarka sector 20, said: “Airport metro’s fare structure should rather be similar to that of Delhi metro.”
“We have revised fare following conditions of concessionaire agreement. There is a provision in it to increase fares two years after launch of operations, which is due in February. So we have revised it a few days ahead,” said a DAMEPL spokesperson.
The DAMEPL, however, would offer discounts on return journeys on all days and single journeys on Sundays and national holidays.
The discounted fare-available for journey between Dwarka and New Delhi/ Shivaji Stadium-would be Rs. 150 and Rs. 120 respectively. These rates, however, are not applicable for smart cards.