Travel on airport metro gets cheaper, fares slashed by up to 40%

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2014 02:06 IST

Travelling to the airport by the Airport Express Line of Delhi Metro is going to be cheaper.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to reduce passenger fares on the Airport Express Line by up to 40%. The maximum fare of Rs 180 on this line will come down to Rs 100 and the minimum fare will be cut from Rs 30 to Rs 20. The revised fare structure will come into effect from July 24.

The cheaper fares will not only benefit those going to the airport but also passengers visiting Dwarka. After the revision, a one-way journey from the New Delhi station to Dwarka Sector 21 using a single journey token will cost only Rs 100.

DMRC recently completed one year of operations of the Airport Express Line after taking over from the private concessionaire. The decision was taken by DMRC after the concessionaire said that it wanted to pull out of the venture.

While those opting for a single journey token would also pay a lot less now, those with Metro’s ‘multiple journey cards’ would save a lot more. The fare store value card offered to the commuters will also have a discount of 10 percent. In case of the ‘60 trip cards’, the minimum and maximum one way fares will further come down to less than Rs 9 and Rs 40, respectively.

The revised fares for 30, 45 and 60 trip cards will be available only after exhausting the existing loaded products or after current validity.

The revised fares will be beneficial for the daily commuters traveling from areas such as Dwarka and Dhaula Kuan to New Delhi and vice versa. Airport-bound commuters will be further benefited. However, rate of all the existing cards and discount schemes will be discontinued. In addition, a special scheme for Sundays will be there only for single journey token users having a minimum fare of Rs 20 and maximum fare of Rs 60.

The existing fare products for defence, students and privileged will be discontinued for sale, once the revised fares come into effect. In lieu, they can buy newly introduced standard products.

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