Metro fares go up, commuters react sharply

AAP MLAs show their Metro smart cards at Delhi Assembly on Tuesday. The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday announced it would launch a protest from Wednesday evening at all the metro stations demanding rollback of the fare hike

Delhi Metro Fare Hike May Push Women To Less Safe Options: Survey

The decision to increase the fares was taken after a meeting of the Delhi Metro Fare Fixation Committee on Monday.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the metro fare hike would only benefit commercial cab operators like Ola and Uber, as with the metro becoming more expensive, commuters would opt for cheaper methods of transport.

"Last month, the DCW had sought a detailed report from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), and as per their reply it was observed that the DMRC miserably failed to increase revenue generation capabilities from alternate sources" read a statement released by the DCW.

Accordingly, the fare now is Rs 10 for up to two km, Rs 20 for 2-5 km, Rs 30 for 5-12 km, Rs 40 for 12-21 km, Rs 50 for 21-32 km and Rs 60 for a ride beyond 32 km.

For example, Ravi Ranjan, who travels daily between Malviya Nagar and Noida Sector 16, used to pay Rs 32 for one-way ride.

"It is Kejriwal's usual way of lying to the public by coming up with made up names", BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari told ANI. It presented a successful public funded model for other cities such as Bengaluru, Lucknow, and Jaipur to replicate, which they had done successfully. The hike - second in six months- has been attributed to rising losses and input costs over the years.

Such commuters living in areas such as Azadpur, Nangloi, Mansarovar Park and Vasundhara Enclave said they would not mind paying extra if the Metro improves its services and upgrades its facilities and amenities, which, they added, should include "last-mile connectivity through feeder buses, better integration with buses ~ and women safety, especially during late night hours".

The survey revealed that around 61.57 per cent women said they would face severe issues in managing their household expenses following the fare hike.

Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government staunchly opposed the move calling it anti-people.

The DCW said that it had carried out a survey where over 2,500 women were included from around 36 Metro stations. That certainly doesn't seem to be Delhi Metro's hallmark.

While all the journeys falling in the 2-5 km distance slab would cost the passenger Rs 5 more, it will affect most of the passengers who use the mass rapid transit to travel beyond 5 km distance. Delhi government representatives did not attend a single meeting.

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