The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, commonly known as DMRC, has reportedly sought for a fare hike as the corporation has faced the growing expenses and outgo on repayment of loan taken from Japan while constructing the rapid transit system, according to a report in The Times of India.
The use of the transit system has been increasing day-by-day, predominantly in the summer season, as commuters want to get rid of increasing temperature and save time from congested Delhi streets.
The DMRC, as per the report, is proposing a minimum fare of Rs 15 and maximum of Rs 70, which is double of the current fares. Presently, the minimum fare is 8 and maximum is 30.
In a bid to avoid hassles in the token counters while providing small change to passengers, DMRC has submitted to the fare fixation committee with the proposal that the fares should be in the multiples of five.
It has been more than 5 years since the last fare revision that took place in 2009, the minimum fare was increased to Rs 8 and maximum to Rs 30 then. The fare fixation committee, headed by a retired high court judge, will submit its recommendations in the next two months for the government to take a final decision.
The report stressed that the hike in fare is a result of the sharp increase in expenses for buying electricity and also on account of growing expenditure on its staff. 40% of DMRC’s total expenditure is on account of electricity charges which has increased by almost 100% in the past six years.
Moreover, the metro network in Delhi-NCR has expanded with trains covers places such as Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon and recently Samaypur Badli.
If the government approved the proposed fare, it is believed that commuters have to pay Rs 70 for a journey from Huda City Center to Samaypuri Badli and vice versa (37 stations), and from Nodia City Center to Dwarka Sector 21 and vice versa (44 stations).