If everything goes well, students and senior citizens may get discount while travelling in Delhi Metro. Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban affairs (independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri has come up with a new idea that could provide financial relief to students and senior citizens. The minister has suggested Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), operating authority of Delhi Metro that a mechanism should be invented which could help students and senior citizens to spend less if they consider Delhi Metro as a medium of transport. As Puri suggested that the new idea could help the students and senior citizens to balance out the burden of last year’s fare hike.
But, to implement this new scheme, Delhi Metro authorities need to develop a new technology which ensures that discounted fare scheme should not be misused by others. Talking about the new scheme, Puri said, “The initiative should be considered as populist and that it would be within the framework of the law and no one should violate or take disadvantage of the new initiative. Currently, fare price is equal for all passengers travelling in the Delhi Metro irrespective of age and category. Last year, DMRC hiked the metro fares up to 100% across the multiple distance slabs following the 2-phase fare hike, which was implemented on the recommendation of Fare Fixation Committee (FFC).
The recent reports have suggested that post fare hike the number of short distance passengers travelling in the Delhi Metro have decreased. But, travellers taking a long journey on the Delhi Metro have increased. Puri said Delhi Metro can opt other ways to increase their revenue such as earning from the advertisements and commercial exploitation of the land. In a response to RTI application, DMRC replied that it had lost 3 lakh commuters per day following the fare hike, which also becomes a matter of confrontation between the Central and AAP led Delhi government.