Travelling in Delhi may get costlier.
The Delhi government is expected to soon set up a ‘committee’ to decide on the new fare structure for the city’s public transport.
Though no formal decision has been taken yet, senior Delhi government officials said an increase in fare of buses as well as autos and taxi was imminent. The Delhi government had last revised the fares in June 2007.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already written to the state transport authority (STA) to allow it to increase the fare of its feeder bus service by Rs 2.
An official said that DMRC’s proposal was discussed in the board meeting of the STA on Wednesday and the board decided to refer it to the fare committee.
“Only the fare committee has the authority to revise the fare structure of public transport. If the fare is revised, it will not be only of the DMRC feeder buses. The committee will look into the fares of all modes of public transport,” said a senior Delhi government official who did not want to be quoted.
On Tuesday, Indraprastha Gas Limited, the company that supplies Compressed Natural Gas in Delhi, had indicated that the price of CNG in Delhi might go up by Rs 2 per kilogram. Delhi’s entire public transport system, including 80,000 autos, 7,500 taxis and 7,000 buses run on CNG.
While Delhi transport commissioner R.K.Verma could not be contacted for comments, a senior Delhi government official said the DMRC’s request was tabled in the STA board meeting on Wednesday.
“Since the fare structure is revised by the committee, the board left it (the DMRC’s request) on the committee to take a call,” said the official.
DMRC runs over 100 feeder buses on 17 different routes in Delhi. Feeder buses currently charge Rs 5 and Rs 7 depending on the distance. In many colonies, metro’s feeder buses also serve as local transport for residents to commute between two blocks or to neighbouring market places.