Delhi Metro fare hike may pinch mid-distance travel
Of the six fare slabs — based on the number of kilometres travelled — announced by DMRC, 62% passengers travelled between 5km and 12km and 12km and 21km distance slabs. Earlier, there were six fare slabs between 5km and 21km and passengers had to pay between Rs 12 and Rs 21 for their journey. The fares for travelling the same distances now has increased to Rs 20 and Rs 30.delhi Updated: May 13, 2017 20:19 IST
The new fare structure implemented by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to have the maximum impact on passengers travelling between five and 21 km.
Of the six fare slabs — based on the number of kilometres travelled — announced by DMRC, 62% passengers travelled between 5km and 12km and 12km and 21km distance slabs.
Earlier, there were six fare slabs between 5km and 21km and passengers had to pay between Rs 12 and Rs 21 for their journey. The fares for travelling the same distances now has increased to Rs 20 and Rs 30.
There will also be a total of only six fare slabs as against the existing 15 fare slabs and those travelling longer distances will end up paying more.
“Passengers travelling more than 32 km will have to shell out Rs 22 extra. Our numbers suggest that only 11% passengers travel in that segment. The passengers travelling between 21km and 32km will have to pay a maximum of Rs 18 extra. About 17% passengers travel in that segment. Most of the passengers travel between 12km and 21km and they will now pay Rs 12 extra for the journey,” said a DMRC official.
DMRC will be increasing the fare by a further Rs 10 for those travelling beyond 5 km from October onwards.
Surveys conducted across the globe have shown a reduction of 3% ridership if the fare of Metro is increased by 10%. The DMRC has increased the fare by up to 66% and sources said this could lead to reduction in ridership for the time being.
“In comparison to last Thursday, the ridership reduced by nearly 1 lakh this Thursday, which could be due to many factors. We are hopeful that ridership will not be impacted by the fare hike,” the official added.
Last Thursday, May 4, 28 lakh passengers travelled with Delhi metro till 8 pm, which reduced to 27 lakh this Thursday, May 11. The increased fare kicked in from Wednesday, May 10, a gazette holiday.
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 only till September. From October 1, the minimum fare for travelling a distance of more than 2 km will go up further by another R 10.
Delhi metro has a network of 213km and another 140km will be added by the end of this year.
The new fare structure will not be applicable on Sundays and national holidays – January 26, August 15 and October 2. The minimum fare on these days will be R 10 while the maximum will be R 40.
Also, there will be no change in the present fare structure of Airport Express Line.
Delhi Metro fares were last revised in 2009, when the minimum fare was increased from Rs 6 to Rs 8 and the maximum fare from Rs 22 to Rs 30.
In non-peak hours on weekdays, passengers using smart card will get an additional discount of 10%, making it a total of 20% discount on total fare.
The peak hours would be from 8am to 12noon and 5pm to 9pm.
The DMRC had been requesting for a fare increase since 2009. The fare rise, however, faced obstacles as the Centre failed to set up a fare panel till 2016.
First Published: May 13, 2017 18:30 IST