Back to back rises in fares of Delhi metro has really affected common people, especially students. Here is all you need to know about the political build-ups, implementations, consequences, and alternatives.
On October 10, 2017, the revised metro fares were brought into effect by the DMRC. This rate was implemented on five metro routes, that are blue, yellow, red, violet and green lines of Delhi Metro. Fares are same for Airport line, that is also called orange line.
How much more?
Delhites have faced two back to back hikes in fares of a metro in less than six months. Until October 9th, passengers traveling between two and five kilometers had to pay Rs15, and long-distance travelers of over 32 kilometers had to bear the cost of Rs 50. From Tuesday, commuters traveling up to 5 kilometers will have to pay Rs 20 and those who are traveling more than 32 kilometers are paying Rs 60. The traveling time is also categorized into peak and non-peak hours. In the non-peak hours, passengers are getting a discount of 10 % on the metro fare. Smart card users will too, get an additional 10 % discount in non-peak hours. For smart card users, maximum prices are Rs54 during peak hours and Rs 48 during non-peak hours.
Whom does it affect the most?
The hike in the fares of the metro has started to affect common people. Daily passengers are worst hit by the rise in fare. Students and office goers have to commute on a daily basis, and it is impossible for them to shift their timing from peak hours to non-peak hours to save their money. Delhi being nation’s capital is a city where students from all parts of the country come for higher education. Being an outstation student myself, I can tell you it is really difficult to manage everything in a limited fund. So, basically for outstation students, it is very difficult to cope up with this hike.
Is it a wise decision?
It’s not the government who face consequences, after the implementation, people face financial crisis. The government has put forth lots of logics after implementing this hike. They say that fares regularization in fares of metro were impending since long. Due to this the metro authority, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation better known by its abbreviation DMRC was not able to cope up with other managerial charges like electricity and repair. So, it was necessary to increase the fares. The real question that arises here is whether it should have been so frequent? It was not long when fares were regulated in May, and yet DMRC decided to go ahead with phase to as per their plan.
The whole incident was given an uplift on political confronts as AamAdmi Party and Bhartiya Janta Party had divulging opinions on this topic. The Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal had protested the move to regulate the metro fares once again, but BJP who is at the center was ready to push this matter by all means. After the two hour meeting regarding this very issue, the deputy CM of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia tweeted, “The BJP government has remained adamant. Five Delhi government members had opposed but 11 members of the Centre rejected Delhi government proposal to defer hike”.
What are other alternatives?
There are other options for people, to save themselves from paying more at Metro. People can use DTDC buses as an alternative. If there are three-four people and the distance is short, it will be a better option to book a cab or auto rickshaw. For short distances, the average cost per person will be around Rs 18 to Rs 20. So four people traveling will make it, around Rs 72 – Rs 80. If the destination is far from metro station, then cabs or auto rickshaws are a definitely better option. However, for long travels, metro still saves you a lot of money.
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