Loss of ridership not exclusively attributable to fare hike: DMRC

Nick Sanchez
Ноября 26, 2017

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government had opposed the hike, leading to a confrontation with the Centre's Narendra Modi government.

"The drop in ridership in the month of October 2017 is not exclusively attributable to increase in fares as there are otherwise monthly variations noted throughout the year", the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.

Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said the dip in metro's daily ridership in October couldn't be linked to the fare hike.

Ridership on the Violet Line, which connects ITO to Faridabad, plunged by 11.9 lakh in October. The Aam Aadmi Party had launched a satyagraha to protest the fare hike last month.

According to a RTI reply, the Metro's daily average ridership came down to 24.2 lakh in October from 27.4 lakh in September, a fall of around 11 per cent.

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But the Minister clarified that when Delhi Metro fare increased, its impact was studied by taking in account data of at least two-three months.

"It is seen that the drop in the ridership in October 2017 is not exclusively attributable to increase in fares as there are otherwise monthly variations noted throughout the year".

'In October, there were five Sundays compared to four in September, where the ridership is around 60-70 per cent of the working day.

To shore up its revenues, the Delhi Metro had increased fares by a maximum of Rs 10 earlier in October. The decision to increase the fare in metro was met with numerous protests and calls for a rollback, however, nothing changes, and the increased fare remained.

The revised fare structure is: up to 2 km - Rs10, 2 to 5 km - Rs20, 5 to 12 km - Rs30, 12 to 21 km - Rs40, 21 to 32 km - Rs50 and beyond 32 km - Rs60. However, considering the sharper decline this time, it may take a little while longer for the Delhi Metro to regain its passengers - whose presence is equally important for the corporation to have a healthier balance sheet.

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