Metro fare panel suggests steep hike in fares
Government sources told HT that the Delhi Metro’s Fare Fixation Committee (FCC) has recommended increasing the minimum passenger fare from `8 to `10 and the maximum fare from `30 to `50.delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2016 23:27 IST
Delhiites may soon have to pay much more for travelling on the Metro system.
Government sources told HT that the Delhi Metro’s Fare Fixation Committee (FCC) has recommended increasing the minimum passenger fare from `8 to `10 and the maximum fare from `30 to `50.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) board, headed by urban development secretary Rajiv Gauba, will take a final call on revising the fares based on the FCC’s recommendation. “If the board wants, then they can reduce the fare that the FCC has recommended but not increase it,” said a source.
The last time the Delhi Metro fares were revised was back in 2009, when the minimum fare was increased from `6 to `8 and the maximum fare from `22 to `30.
The FCC — that was set up in June 9 this year to recommend a revision in fares — submitted its report on Thursday night — after its request seeking a three month extension was turned down by the Union urban development ministry.
The fare panel was due to submit its report on September 8, but at the eleventh hour had written to the urban development ministry seeking more time. “The request was turned down as there is no provision in the Metro Act to provide extension to FCC beyond the mandated three months,” an urban development ministry official said.
The DMRC has been requesting a fare increase since 2009, but hasn’t been able to do so as the Centre failed to set up a fare panel. Since 2009, electricity tariff has gone up by over 90%, accounting for almost 30% of DMRC’s total operating costs.
The three member fare panel was headed by Justice ML Mehta, a retired judge of Delhi High Court. The other two members were Delhi chief secretary KK Sharma and additional secretary in urban development ministry DS Mishra.
The fare fixation committees are temporary in nature and are set up by the Centre only when a metro rail corporation requests a fare hike.
The fare panel had come in for a lot of flak after going on a whirlwind tour of Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei to study the Metro fare structure prevailing there, barely a month after it was set up.