Commuters disappointed as Delhi Metro rides get costlier

Commuters line up for tickets outside the Huda City Centre Metro station on Tuesday

If you are travelling beyond 5 km on the Delhi Metro, be prepared to shell out Rs 10 extra with yet another fare hike coming into effect. Barring the minimum fare of Rs 10 for a distance of 0-2 km, which will remain the same, fares have been raised for all other slabs.

Not prepared to take the Metro fare hike lying down, AAP is all set to hit the streets to build support for a rollback. Smart card users continue to get 10 per cent discount and so do those using Metro during non-peak hours - between start of the service and 8 am; between noon and 5 pm; and from 9 pm to the close of service.

According to the DMRC annual reports shared by Yadav's party, Delhi metro board's audit committee meetings were held on May 24, 2016, July 22, 2016, September 16, 2016, and January 16, 2017.

She said, "At a time when six rapes and several cases of eve- teasing and harassment are reported each day, the metro fare hike has forced women to go back to less safer modes of transportation".

"The hike is not fair". It has named the campaign "Stop Politics, Save Metro", and demands that both the Delhi government and the Centre end the " street fight" over the hike.

Who will it benefit?

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"The Delhi Metro fare hike will affect my budget by Rs. 700, but if we want facilities similar to America, then we'll have to pay", another metro commuter said.

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. They (the UD ministry) say that Metro is running into losses, but this is not true.

The rise in Metro fare has been a very controversial decision as the matter became intensely political after the Delhi government opposed the move.

"The Modi Government's decision to hike the fare is unfortunate and taken with animosity".

The DCW had sought a detailed report from the DMRC last month and as per the reply it was observed that the DMRC "miserably failed" to increase revenue generation capabilities from alternate sources and moreover it had not yet incurred any losses, and all losses were only projected, the statement said.

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