Delhi Metro hikes fares by up to 66%

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The fares of the metro train are likely to be hiked from Wednesday.

In a bid to cope with the increasing costs, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has chose to increase the ticket fares of Delhi Metro from Wednesday.

This arrangement will be in place till September.

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Sources said the Fare Fixation Committee, which had submitted its report in last September had recommended fare hike from October 1 previous year and again from next October. The fare in the 5-12 km slab will be Rs 20 while that in the 12-21 km slab will be RS 30 and that from 21 to 32 km slab will be RS 40. The AAP government, however, said it had opposed the move in June past year, when the DMRC wrote to it seeking comments on the proposal.

However, DMRC announced on Monday that with effect from May 10, the minimum fare will increase to ₹10 from ₹8 and the maximum fare to ₹50 from ₹30.

This is the fourth fare hike since Metro was started in 2002. "Now with the election results out, we can expect some decision will be taken". To put things in perspective, a 12-15 km journey, which costs Rs 18 at present, will cost Rs 30 Wedn-esday onwards and Rs 40 from October 1.

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The DMRC had last revised the fares in 2009.

He said the government had told the DMRC that women and students would be adversely affected in case of the fare hike.

DMRC had been pushing for a fare revision, citing increasing expenses to run the system. The only exception is Kolkata where the base fare for Metro is still Rs 5 only. "Del govt had told DMRC increase in fares will force commuters to shift to personal vehicles and in fact fares should be reduced", ran a Twitter thread by the media advisor to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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Apart from that, 10 per cent discount would be given to commuters using smart cards during non-peak hours from Monday to Saturday.

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