Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has revised the metro fares with effect from October 10. Under the latest revision, which comes five months within the last one, every commuter of the Delhi Metro who travels beyond 5 km will have to shell out Rs 10 extra while journeys falling in the 2-5 km distance slab will cost Rs. 5 more.
The revised fare structure will be: up to 2 km — Rs. 10, 2 to 5 km — Rs. 20, 5 to 12 km — Rs. 30, 12 to 21 km — Rs. 40, 21 to 32 km — Rs. 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km — Rs. 60.
Smart Card users, who constitute nearly 70% of total commuters, will continue to get 10 per cent discount on each ride. They will also get an additional 10% discount while travelling during off-peak hours, that is from beginning of services till 8 AM, between 12 PM and 5 PM and from 9 PM to end of the services. The new fares will be applicable across five corridors — Blue, Yellow, Red, Green and Violet. Only Airport line has been exempted from fare revisions.
Metro fares are decided by a fare-fixation committee set up by the central government, headed by a sitting or former judge of a High Court, and consisting of a member each nominated by the Centre and the Delhi government. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal dubbed the fare hike as ‘anti people’. “Out of 16, the Delhi government has five directors, who opposed but Centre adamant. Hike too steep. Centre should have been more considerate for common man,” Kejriwal tweeted. Here we take a quick look at the Metro fares in other Indian cities.
Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), which operates the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro, started operations in June 2014 with a fare structure of Rs 10-20-30-40 for the 11.4-km corridor. In 2015, government-constituted Fare Fixation Committee (FFC)recommended a sharp increase in tariff (between Rs 10 and Rs 110 ), however, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority ( MMRDA) raised objections to the fare hike which led to a litigation. In December 2015, the Bombay High Court disallowed the increase of fares. Though the metro fare remains unchanged, the discount structure on return journey, store pass and trip pass have been changed, over the years, inorder to charge higher fare.
A joint venture by the Central and Kerala government, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd began its operations on June 17. The metro line is split into 6 fare zones named F1, F2, F3, F4, F5 and F6, corresponding to a distance that is a multiple of five. The Metro charges Rs 10 as minimum fare and Rs 50 as maximum for the 18-km stretch. There are intermediate slabs of Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40. 20% rebate on use of Kochi one Metro Card
The oldest metro of India last revised its fare in 2013. Fares range from Rs 5 to Rs 25. They are, 0-5 km, Rs 5; 5-10 km, Rs 10; 10-15 km, Rs 15; 15-20 km, Rs 15; 20-25 km, Rs 20; 25-30 km, Rs 25. At present, six fare zones (1-6) have been identified, but since the fares for two zones (3 and 4) are similar, in effect, there only five fare slabs. However, the proposal to revise fare is pending with the Railway Board.
Launched in 2011, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation charges a minimum fare of Rs 10 and maximum fare of Rs 45 on the 18-km East-West Corridor and Rs 60 on the 24-km stretch in North-South Corridor. The Metro also offers discounts up to 15% on multiple journey tickets; a discount of 19% to 23% is also available for trip tickets. For a group of more than 25 persons, Metro also offers 10% discount. Fares were last revised in June with an increase of Fares 10%-15%.
Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) in consultation with the state government fixes the fare in consultation with the Tamil Nadu government. The CMRL charges Rs 10 as fare up to 3 stations ; for a distance of 10 km, Rs 40; maximum fare, up to a distance of 21 km, Rs 60.
LMRC has fixed the fares based on the number of stations travelled by commuters. At present, for 1 station, fare is Rs 10; for 2 stations, fare is Rs 15; for 3-6 stations, fare is Rs 20; for 7-9 stations fare is Rs 30; for 10-13 stations, fare is Rs 40; for 14-17 stations, fare is Rs 50 and for more than 18 stations, fare is Rs 60. The Metro Operation and Maintenance Act provides for a three-member Fare Fixation Committee headed by a retired judge.
For Off peak hours before 5 PM, Metro fares in Jaipur are Rs 6 for 0-2 stations, Rs 11 for 3-5 stations, Rs 17 for 6-8 stations and for rush hours i.e. after 5 PM Rs 11 for 0-2 stations, Rs 17 for 3-5 stations, Rs 23 for 6-8 stations JMRC Board of Directors has final say in the fares.There are provisions for both an ‘Automatic Mid-term Fare Correction Formula’, and a Fare Fixation Committee.