In what may come as a major shock to the commuters, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) may soon increase ticket prices for the second time in 2017. Even though the exact prices have not been revealed as yet, it is being reported that there will maximum increase of Rs 10.
The second phase of the fare hike will reportedly be effective from October 1. The first phase of the increase in price kicked in from May 2017. Currently, the fares have been divided into 6 slabs. The commuters are paying Rs 10 for 0-2 kms, Rs 15 for 2-5 kms, Rs 20 for 5-12 kms, Rs 30 for 12-21 kms, Rs 40 for 21-32 kms and Rs 50 for more 32 kms.
Once the fares are further increased, people will have to pay Rs 10 for 0-2 kms, Rs 20 for 2-5 kms, Rs 30 for 5-12 kms, Rs 40 for 12-21 kms, Rs 50 for 21-32 kms and Rs 60 for travelling more than 32 kms. Delhi Metro had reportedly witnessed a loss in ridership after the Phase 1 fare hike got implemented in the month of May. Delhi Metro had reportedly lost 1.5 lakh passengers per day as compared to June 2016.
If reports are to be believed, DMRC is taking the steps to meet their input costs. A spokesperson for DMRC was quoted as saying,
Electricity tariffs have increased by almost 100 percent, and the DMRC pays industrial tariffs. We need to meet our input costs. Nobody otherwise would like to hike fares, DMRC spokesperson was quoted as saying. The input costs include the staff costs, the cost of energy and the cost of repair and maintenance.
Meanwhile, DMRC had launched free Wifi facility at metro stations on the Blue line in the month of August, making it convenient for thousands of commuters to be connected to the internet on the go.