New Delhi: If you are traveling beyond 5 km on the Delhi subway starting today, be prepared to shell out Rs. 10 with another rate walk going into effect.
The walk, which comes five months into the latter, will affect every mass transit fast commuter traveling beyond 5 kilometers, while journeys falling on the slab 2-5 kilometers away will cost Rs. 5 more.
The revised tariff structure will be: up to 2 km – Rs. 10, 2 to 5 km – Rs. 20, 5 to 12 km – Rs. 30, 12 to 21 km – Rs. 40, 21 to 32 km – Rs. 50 and for trips beyond 32 km – Rs. 60.
Smart card users, who, according to DMRC estimates, account for 70 percent of the total number of metro passengers, will continue to receive a 10 percent discount on each trip.
They will get an additional discount of 10 percent while traveling during peak hours, ie from the start of services until 8 AM, between 12 PM and 5 PM and 9 PM until the end of services.
The announcement came last night after a meeting of the highest decision-making body of the metro, the DMRC council, which refused to “interfere” in the matter, referring to the harsh opposition mounted by the chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal.
The board, which met for two hours, said it has no power to change the recommendations of the rate-setting committee (FCC), which had proposed a sharp rise last year.
The council met around 8 pm at Nirman Bhawan following Kejriwal’s insistence that the decision be withheld. The Delhi Assembly passed a resolution against the earlier walk on the day.
Deputy Chief Executive Manish Sisodia called the decision a “conspiracy” to benefit private taxi aggregation services.