Delhi metro revises fare slabs, hikes minimum price to Rs 10 and maximum to Rs 50
08 May, 2017, 15:44
The fare structure was last revised in 2009 - the minimum fare was raised from Rs 6 to Rs 8, and the maximum from Rs 22 to Rs 30.
Mumbai: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has revised up its minimum and maximum fares eight years after DMRC had first proposed a fare hike in 2009. While now the minimum and maximum fares are at Rs 8 and Rs 30 respectively, the 66 per cent hike will make them both Rs 10 and Rs 50, respectively.
To simplify the fare structure, the panel recommended ticket pricing to be in Rs 10, Rs 15, Rs 20, Rs 30, Rs 40 and Rs 50 format. Currently, the maximum fare is Rs 30. "The DMRC will now announce the new fares shortly", HT quoted a board member as saying. "As per the law, the board has to accept FCC's recommendation", an official said.
He termed as "speculation" reports in the media about the quantum of hike in fares. "There are increasing operational costs like salaries and DA of employees", a DMRC official told The Indian Express.
The board of the DMRC, which has repeatedly requested the government to allow it hike fares, includes the secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Rajiv Gauba, and the chief secretary of the government of NCT of Delhi, MM Kutty, among others.
"The fare revision has been long overdue and we have been demanding it". The major expenditure on running the metro services is on electricity costs, which have been rising since 2009.