The Delhi metro fare hike has sparked a huge outrage, especially in the political class. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged that the move to increase the metro fares has been initiated in order to benefit private cab companies like Ola and UBER. Without naming anyone, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that there was an attempt to make the Delhi Metro “premium public transport”, but the AAP government would not allow it.
“The (Delhi) Metro is being run by the money of people who don’t want fares to be increased. Conspiracy is being hatched so that Ola and Uber companies will be benefited. This is being deliberately done so that the fares of Metro are more than that of taxis of private companies,” Dy CM Manish Sisodia said during a discussion on the resolution.
The Delhi metro fares were increased with effect from Tuersday but the move was being opposed by Delhi CM Kejriwal. The DMRC Board members discussed the proposal with the Delhi government but decided to go with the recommendations of Fare Fixation Committee (FCC), which were to be brought into effect from October 10.
During the discussion about the fare hike, Central Government had said that it has no jurisdiction to hold the proposed Metro fare hike unless, the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) agrees to pay Rs 3,000 Cr annually to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
As per the new fare hike, commuters will now have to have to pay Rs 5- Rs 10 for every extra kilometres traveled. However, the minimum fare of Rs 10 for the distance of 0-2 km will remain same. The maximum fare has now been increased to Rs 60 as compared to Rs 50, earlier. Apart from the commuters travelling using tokens, smart card users will continue to get 10% discount. The DMRC fares during the peak hours are also to remain less.
Revised Delhi Metro fare: