Your metro ride is set to get dearer from next week as the DMRC is going to implement the second phase of fare hike from October 1. The Metro fares were last revised in May when the minimum tariff was raised from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum fare from Rs 30 to Rs 50.
The fare hike would only be felt by October 3 as October 1 is a Sunday and October 2 is Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and hence fares would be discounted.
Since its last fare revision in May, DMRC has seen a dip in footfall, with June witnessing a fall of almost 1.5 lakh passengers per day compared to June 2016.
Hence, it is anticipated that the second phase of fare revision might lead a further dip in footfall.
When metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs 4 and maximum was Rs 8.
Revised Fare and distance
According to a report published in Times of India, the revised fare slabs from October 2017 may be: Rs 10 for the first 5 km, but subsequently increases by Rs 10 in each slab, going up to a maximum of Rs 50.
Why has DMRC hiked price
According to officials, the recommendations made by the Fare Fixation Committee were repeatedly turned down by Metro board of directors, comprising officials from Delhi government, Union Urban Development Ministry, Union Railways Ministry and others.
What remains same
— No revision in its Airport Express fares
— Passengers using smart cards will still be given 10 per cent discount
— Additional 10 per cent discount will be given to passengers exiting metro premises using a metro card on weekdays (Monday to Saturday) during “off-peak” hours.
— Special discounted fare slab will also be given on Sundays and national holidays to urge people to use metro on non-working days
1st phase of fare hike
The revised fare slabs from May 2017 were: Rs 10 for 0-2km, Rs 15 for 2-5 km, Rs 20 for 5-12km, Rs 30 for 12-21km, Rs 40 for 21-32km, and Rs 50 for beyond 32km.
DMRC also announced different fare slabs for holidays. It will charge Rs 10 from 0-12km, Rs 20 for 12-21km, Rs 30 for 21-32km, and Rs 40 for beyond 32km on every Sunday and on national holidays.