The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), as per the recommendations of the fourth Fare Fixation Committee, is all set to revise the ticket prices for the second time this year. It was only in May, the fares last got revised. The minimum fare got increased from ₹8 to ₹10 and the maximum price got increased from ₹30 to ₹50.
After the phase one of the hike in fares, the second phase is almost ready to be implemented from October 10. This time the hike is not too high and is only expected to go up by a maximum of ₹10.
At present, the Delhi metro commuters are being charged ₹ 10 for 0-2 kms, ₹15 for 2-5 kms, ₹20 for 5-12kms, ₹ 30 for 12-21 kms, ₹40 for 21-32 kms and ₹ 50 for more than 32 kms.
Once the second phase of hike comes into effect, the commuters will be charged ₹10 for 0-2 kms, ₹20 for 2-5 kms, ₹30 for 5-12 kms, ₹40 for 12-21 kms, ₹50 for 21-32 kms and ₹60 for more than 32 kms.
Passengers using metro cards will get the usual discount of 10% and there will be no hike in ticket prices of the Airport Express.
On being asked about the reason behind the hike in ticket prices, a DMRC spokesperson revealed that, “Electricity tariffs have increased by almost 100 per cent, and the DMRC pays industrial tariffs. We need to meet our input costs. Nobody otherwise would like to hike fares”. “The necessity of revision in fares was on account of increase in the cost of inputs – the staff costs, the cost of energy and the cost of repair and maintenance,” he further added.
According to a report by a national daily, the DMRC has got no savings and is also at a debt of ₹ 45,000 crore, with increasing operating ratio.
The DMRC has documented a massive fall in their ridership after the first phase of hike in ticket prices came in effect. Amongst all the other lines, line 2 experienced a major loss in ridership. It dropped down from 2.92 crores in June 2016 to 21 lakhs-2.7 crores in June 2017 which is quite a lot. Let’s see what happens to the record after the implementation of the second phase of price hike in October.