Delhi metro fare hike has not benefited anyone: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 24, 2017

The average ridership of 27.4 lakh in September came down to 24.2 lakh in October, a fall of about 11 percent.

The latest data on Metro ridership has been obtained by news agency PTI through a right to information (RTI) query.

Following that fare hike too the ridership on Delhi Metro had dipped sharply by almost 1.5 lakh per day in June in comparison to the same month past year. The RTI response revealed that the Delhi Metro lost over 3 lakh commuters per day due to the sharp increase in fares which had also triggered a war of words between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Centre. The Delhi Metro's ridership saw a slump in October after a steep fare hike came into effect, according to the records of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Ridership has come down several notches below the numbers observed in recent years, bucking a trend of rise on the back of the launch of newer sections.

Delhi metro fare hike has not benefited anyone: CM Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi metro fare hike has not benefited anyone: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal, who along with his Aam Aadmi Party had opposed the fare hike, said that many passengers have taken to other means of transport, leading to increased pollution and congestion on the city's roads.

Earlier last month, the Centre had informed Kejriwal that it could not put the proposed hike on hold unless the Delhi government provides Rs 3,000 crore annually to DMRC as grant-in-aid for the next five years. Following this Kejriwal had shot off a letter to union urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, criticising the decision of the Delhi Metro board and demanding a roll-back of the fare hike.

Summary: The revised fare structure after the fare hike is: up to 2 km - Rs 10, 2 to 5 km - Rs 20, 5 to 12 km - Rs 30, 12 to 21 km - Rs 40, 21 to 32 km - Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km - Rs 60. The fare hike lead to a rise of around Rs 10 for almost every distance slab.

The first fare hike raised the minimum passenger fare from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum fare from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

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