Travelling in Delhi Metro will now become more expensive for commuters as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) Board has approved hike in the fare in various categories.
DMRC is set to increase its fares beginning Wednesday after a period of eight years with the minimum ticket price rising to Rs 10 from Rs 8 earlier.
This arrangement will be in place till September. The fare in the 5-12 km slab will be Rs 20 while that in the 12-21 km slab will be RS 30 and that from 21 to 32 km slab will be RS 40.
The fare fixation committee's recommendation was to make the increase tempered, said KK Saberwal, Director-Finance, DMRC. "There are increasing operational costs like salaries and DA of employees", a DMRC official told The Indian Express.
He informed that the fare revision will be implemented in two phases.
"Delhi Metro fare hike is a wrong decision". "The second phase will be implemented from October".
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The committee is chaired by Justice M.L. Mehta, retired Judge of the High Court of Delhi, with K. K. Sharma, former Chief Secretary of the Delhi government, and Durga Shanker Mishra, Additional Secretary (Ministry of Urban Development) as the other members.
"This discount will be given to those who exit from Metro system during off-peak hours - (6 am to 8 am, 12 pm to 5 pm, and from 9 pm to closing of service) to avoid overcrowding during peak hours", Dayal said.
According to sources, there will be a 20 to 50 per cent discount on ticket prices on national holidays and Sundays.
The DMRC said the revision was necessary on account of increase in the input cost. For those using smart cards, the discount will over and above the 10 per cent they already enjoy.
There will be no change in the fares on the Airport Express Line.