Delhi Metro fare hike may pinch mid-distance travel

Delhi Metro

The new fare structure implemented by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to have the maximum impact on passengers travelling between five and 21 km.

Of the six fare slabs — based on the number of kilometres travelled — announced by DMRC, 62% passengers travelled between 5km and 12km and 12km and 21km distance slabs.

Earlier, there were six fare slabs between 5km and 21km and passengers had to pay between Rs 12 and Rs 21 for their journey. The fares for travelling the same distances now has increased to Rs 20 and Rs 30.

There will also be a total of only six fare slabs as against the existing 15 fare slabs and those travelling longer distances will end up paying more.

“Passengers travelling more than 32 km will have to shell out Rs 22 extra. Our numbers suggest that only 11% passengers travel in that segment. The passengers travelling between 21km and 32km will have to pay a maximum of Rs 18 extra. About 17% passengers travel in that segment. Most of the passengers travel between 12km and 21km and they will now pay Rs 12 extra for the journey,” said a DMRC official.

DMRC will be increasing the fare by a further Rs 10 for those travelling beyond 5 km from October onwards.

[Source”cnbc”]

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