Delhi Metro fares hiked by up to 66 per cent

Trevor Jackson
May 9, 2017

Metro fares were last revised in 2009 when the minimum tariff was raised from Rs6 to Rs 8 and the maximum fare from Rs22 to Rs30.

The official had also said that the Metro's operating ratio - the ratio of cost of operation to savings and profit - had fallen to 50 per cent of what it was in 2002.

"The DMRC board has accepted the recommendation of the FFC [Fare Fixation Committee]", an identified member of the board said. The new fare structure is likely to be introduced from Wednesday. The fares will further go up from October 1, with the maximum fare touching ₹60.

The fare structure on these weekends will be divided into the following slabs: Rs 10 (0-12 km), Rs 20 (12-21 km), Rs 30 (21-32 km) and Rs 40 (beyond 32 km).

The new rates are as follows: From 0 to 2 km, Rs 10 will be charged, from 2 to 5km Rs 15 will be charged, from 5 to 12 km, Rs 20 will be charged, 12 to 21 km will attract a fare of Rs 30, Rs 40 will be charged for 21 to 32 km and traveling beyond 32 km 12 to 21 km, Rs. 30 will be charged, 21 to 32 km, Rs. 40 will be charged, and traveling beyond 32 km will cost the passenger Rs 50. It may be recalled that DMRC has revised its fares after a gap of almost 8 years.

Since 2009, electricity tariff has gone up by over 90%, accounting for nearly 30% of DMRC's total operating costs.

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According to a January report in the Hindustan Times, the NITI Aayog's vice-chairman, Arvind Panagariya, wrote to the Prime Minister's Office saying that "at the current level, the fares are inadequate for the provision of high quality services and maintenance".

Pangariya also made a request to PMO to jointly review the matter with the Union urban development ministry.

Sources said neither the Delhi government nor the Centre was in favour of any hike before the municipal polls.

Then the Metro's operating ratio - the ratio of cost of operation to savings and profit - had fallen to 50 per cent of what it was in 2002, the official said. The company reported a loss of Rs 708 crore in 2015-16 as compared to a loss of Rs 104 crore in 2014-15.

Nearly 28-30 lakh Delhi Metro passengers will have to shell out higher fares with effect from May 10, ranging from ₹2 to ₹20, with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Board accepting the recommendation of the fare fixation committee.

The DMRC had last revised the fares in 2009. The only exception is Kolkata where the base fare for Metro is still Rs 5 only.

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