Noida: First day of Delhi Metro fare hike sparks smart card recharge frenzy
Noida metro stations were jam-packed with commuters ensuring their cards were topped up given the new Delhi Metro ticket prices - Noida City Centre to Rajiv Chowk was Rs 19. It is now Rs 30.Updated: May 11, 2017 11:03 IST
As the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) hiked fares on Wednesday, metro stations in Noida witnessed a heavy rush of commuters recharging their smart travel cards. People were seen lining up outside counters and vending machines to ensure a hassle-free journey.
Officials said on a daily basis, they see a low number of people recharging smart cards. However, on Wednesday, all the re-charge machines and counters - from Rs 200 to Rs 2000 - were jam-packed.
To avoid congestion inside the metro station premises, marshals were deployed to maintain the queues.
“Though it was holiday today (Wednesday) people were seen jostling to recharge. In view of this, I think the influx of people will rise by Thursday. Most of the people who recharged cards with Rs 500 and Rs 200 will exhaust early,” said Anuj Kumar, an attendant of DMRC at Noida City Centre metro station.
Earlier, the cost of travelling on the metro from Noida City Centre to Rajiv Chowk was Rs 19. It is now Rs 30 .
“Within Rs 38, we would go up to Rajiv Chowk and come back to Noida. On the same route, a card of Rs 200 would last for five working days. Now that the rates have been revised, the card lasts for only three days ” said Manik Sinha, a commuter.
Commuters said that with the rise in fares, the DMRC should also focus on improving the service of the Blue line. They said the line often faces technical snags and people get stuck for an hour during commutes.
“During the monsoons, every spell of rain sees the trains get stuck. If people are being charged, they deserve good service as well. There is a huge rush of people from Dwarka till Noida and there should be an increase in the frequency as well,” said Taranjeet Singh, another commuter.
Meanwhile, students said that DMRC officials should introduce a special policy for them as the metro was a feasible option, but the rise in ticket prices may now make it too costly.
They said that like the DTC buses in Delhi which offer students concession passes, DMRC too should have a special provision for students.
“Metro is suitable for every student, but fares have made it difficult for us. We believe students should have a special provision. It will be difficult for us to bear the expenses,” said Neha Grover, a CA student who studies at Lakhsmi Nagar.
First Published: May 10, 2017 20:31 IST