Last year, the Fare Fixation Committee of Delhi Metro submitted its report and recommended the lowest fares to be increased to Rs 10 from Rs 8 now, and the maximum fare to Rs 50 from Rs 30 at present.
The new fare structure is: up to 2 kms - Rs 10, 2 to 5 kms - Rs 15, 5 to 12 kms - Rs 20, 12 to 21 kms - Rs 30, 21 to 32 kms - Rs 40, and for journeys of over 32 kms Rs 50.
Sources said neither the Delhi government nor the Centre was in favour of any hike before the municipal polls. "The second phase will be implemented from October". As per the recommendations, the fares of the Delhi Metro will be increased from May 10.
DMRC has announced special discounts to commuters on Sundays and national holidays with the maximum fare reduced to Rs 40. "To avoid overcrowding during peak hours, an additional 10% discount will be given to passengers with smart cards who exit from the metro system during non-peak hours", the spokesperson said. Find us on Facebook too!
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The official had also said that the Metro's operating ratio - the ratio of cost of operation to savings and profit - had fallen to 50 per cent of what it was in 2002. The new fare structure is likely to be introduced from Wednesday."The DMRC board has accepted the recommendation of the FFC (Fare Fixation Committee)".
There will be no change in the fares of Airport Express Line.
However, Saberwal said the hike was necessitated on account of rising operating ratio, or expenditure for every Rs 100 income. A hike was last approved in 2009 when the minimum and maximum fares were increased from Rs 6 and Rs 22 to Rs 8 and Rs 30 respectively. Although the DMRC had been seeking a revision of the prices ever since, the government formed a three-member panel to look into it only in 2016.