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Govt quotes price for DTC, Metro services

delhi Updated: Oct 29, 2009 01:20 IST
Anuradha Mukherjee
Anuradha Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
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The Delhi government on Wednesday reportedly told the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) that it wanted Rs 100 per ticket for providing transport services — Delhi Metro and DTC — during the event.

The integrated tickets that the Games panel will sell to the public includes the cost of public transport, apart from the sporting events.

Representatives of the OC met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other senior officials to discuss price of tickets for different sports and venues, sharing of revenue and distribution of tickets.

According to a Delhi government official, the OC was given a freehand to decide the cost of tickets and the method of distribution. The tickets will be valid for a day.

"The maximum fare for a one-way journey is Rs 32 on the Delhi Metro. So Rs 64 would be for a two-way journey on the Metro. The remaining Rs 32 is for travel on DTC buses," said an official, requesting anonymity.

OC secretary-general Lalit Bhanot, however, said a final decision was yet to be taken. "We have made our (ticket) rates. We are trying to see how best to incorporate the cost of Metro, DTC and railways into it," said Bhanot.

Officials said the cost of tickets would depend on the sports, the venue and timing.

"Tickets for popular sports like hockey, swimming and athletics will cost more. Similarly, tickets for popular spectator sports like boxing and wrestling may also be expensive if the venue is small and only a limited number of seats are available," said an official.

With the 2010 deadline drawing close, Delhi government was also keen to meet the accommodation requirement in the city for visitors.

It decided on Wednesday to grant temporary licences to hotels and guesthouses located in unauthorised colonies like Mahipalpur to meet the 6,000-room target for the Games.

Since the regularisation of many such colonies was pending despite an in-principle decision by the Delhi government to legalise them, the MCD was not able to extend hotel licences.

Initially, the licences would be for a duration of two to three years. The decision was taken after a delegation of city hotel owners met Dikshit.

While there are 60 such hotels in Mahipalpur, Karol Bagh has another 225. The largest number of budget hotels, over 600, are in Paharganj area.

A similar proposal to spruce up the neighbourhood of Karol Bagh that houses another clutch of such budget hotels was also agreed to in principle.