After - Effect on Fare Hike in Delhi Metro

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Biting the bullet on fare revision, Delhi Metro recently announced upward revision of its tariffs starting Wednesday 10 May, with the base fare being increased to Rs 10 from Rs 8 and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50-60. Last fare revision of metro fares was in 2009. With a 2 million railyatris hitching ride every day, Delhi Metro rail has become a new way of life.

The necessity of revision in fares was on account of increase in the cost of inputs -- staff costs, the cost of energy and the cost of repair & maintenance. Since it started in 2002, the Delhi Metro has expanded its network to 213km, connecting the national capital’s satellite cities such as Noida, Ghaziabad, and Gurgaon. It carries around 3 million railyatris on an average every day with around 1,300 trains making around 3000 trips every day.

Some railyatris have been complaining over the fact, as they have to pay Rs 60 to travel from Kashmere Gate to Gurugram, that too in an overcrowded train where one has to stand the entire duration of 40 minutes. In such a scenario, the railyatris might look for an alternative option. Moreover, railyatris also said that except the Metro, the national Capital does not have other reliable means of public transport and the steep hike will discourage lakhs of commuters, such as students and low-income groups.

In 2002, when the Metro began operations, the operating ratio was 0.42, which means they saved almost 60 percent of the revenue. Today, the operating ratio is 0.67, which leaves them with 33 percent in savings. Of those savings, the Metro has to pay off instalments of the Rs 30,000 crore loan amount taken from the Japanese company which financed the project. This was done to ensure that the hike does not hit people hard. But many railyatris still feel that the steep hike in maximum rates is not fair to the public. Delhi Metro is a boon especially for women, but this hike will discourage so many commuters.


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